We've had a record number of young people register for our reading scheme this year and they are all going to have a summer of great fun, great things to do and great reading!
Julia Donaldson has written a great new poem especially for National Libraries Day. To help celebrate this special day - and the year campaign to support libraries - why not visit your local or school library today and borrow a book...perhaps one by Julia Donaldson!
Telegraph article by Martin Chilton -
Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson has written a poem in protest at planned library closures.
The Gruffalo author, who was awarded the MBE last year, has written the poem to mark National Libraries Day (Saturday 4 February) and the 62-year-old writer, who was born in London but lives in Glasgow, said she wanted to make a serious point in a fun way.
Donaldson has used libraries since she was a child and still visits her local branch to research and write her best-selling books. Her poem describes libraries as places to "meet your heroes, old and new, from William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh".
A campaign against library cuts has been running since last February's Save Our Libraries Day; and protests and legal action have helped stave off some of the plans for mass closures. In the past 12 months, 32 UK libraries have closed and 43 mobile libraries have also shut down but Public Libraries News lists 407 libraries as being at risk of closure.
Donaldson is a fervent believer that libraries must be protected. She said: "It's just more interesting to put the reasons I love libraries in the form of a poem rather than write an earnest article about it. If we lose libraries, we would lose readers and we would become a less literate country. People are kidding themselves if they think adults will downloads books to their Kindles if they haven't got the reading bug as children".
Library Poem by Julia Donaldson
Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
It really doesn't matter if you're rich or poor.
There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
They're free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.
Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.
The librarian's a friend who loves to lend,
So see if there's a book that she can recommend.
Read that book, and if you're bitten
You can borrow all the other ones the author's written.
Are you into battles or biography?
Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
There's something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.
There are students revising, deep in concentration,
And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.
Over in the corner there's a table with seating,
So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.
Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
And help make sure it'll still be here tomorrow.