Loving our Library in Honiton

Had a lovely morning in Honiton library now its back open. Had a cuppa & deeeeeelicious cupcake for National Libraries Day (see http://nationallibrariesday.org.uk) while Aleck picked some new story books. We joked that we should do this more often and maybe if and when the friends of the library group gets started, we could do more events like this – with activities for the kids too. As an ex-librarian myself – and mum of two, it is so important to keep our library at the heart of our community.

Here I am (left in red scarf) protesting about the proposed library closures last year with Honiton residents
Here I am (left in red scarf) protesting about the proposed library closures last year with Honiton residents

I met Liz from WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) who told me all about the 15 WRVS volunteers in Honiton who take books to housebound people who cannot make it into the library. Isn’t it wonderful that we have people like this here in our town who help others in this way. I’ve found out about so many people like this since becoming a councillor last May and it amazes me really – what goes on behind the scenes so to speak.

Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson has written this poem specially for National Libraries Day 2012:

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.


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