Andy Plemmons in Athens, GA blogged about doing a crowd-sourced poem with his school (you can read his post here). I thought is was a wonderful idea and decided to create a form and sent it out to all my county librarians , or media specialists as they are called in my school district. I got back just enough to put together a really nice poem. I was really excited about sharing it.
Luckily for me, our county association HASLMS was hosting our annual media specialist – principal banquet. There would be librarians, administrators, supervisors and school board members present. This was the perfect place to share a poem about how great our libraries are, so I asked if I could read my/our poem at the dinner. I was slightly nervous since I get choked up reading, as mentioned in other posts, but it went over really well, I warned the audience ahead of time and only choked up some at the end. ; ) Several people complemented me and asked for me to post it in school email, which I will, but I wanted to share it with you too!
Here is how it turned out:
Our Libraries are NOT a quiet place
Our libraries are not a quiet place, they are…
full of learning and connecting,
rush hour in the traffic of knowledge,
like a crowd of eager book fans behind home base,
a symphony of literacy and learning,
buzzing with energy and creative ideas,
full of learning fun,
learning labs of the future.
In our libraries you can hear…
a blend of great literary noise,
turning pages and readers cheer,
students chatting, books slapping, keyboards tapping, and data charts mapping,
keyboards clicking, scanner beeping, excitement overflowing,
all kinds of reading done.
In our libraries you can see…
smiling faces and excited minds,
fantasy, information, adventure, knowledge and curiosity,
science alive from avocado plants to the mealworm life cycle,
a wild garden of activity,
kids read and talk and play,
In our libraries you can feel…
wonder, curiosity and a love of learning that’s real,
a love for books each day,
empowered and content, since we are reading for life.
No, our libraries are NOT a quiet place and we are glad!
By HCPS Media Specialists, 2013