VftL are pleased to share this poem by Jane Bolderston, from the Friends of Benson Library (Oxfordshire).
The Heart of the Village
Benson library is situated in Castle Square
Perhaps you’ve been in, or driven by there?
It has been lending books for forty years
But now it’s the subject of our worst fears.
A decision was made to have funding withdrawn
A decision met by the villagers scorn
‘Please don’t close our library’ a unanimous cry
And here are some of the reasons why.
Our children have the gift of imagination
And reading a book holds their fascination
The library helps them to learn and grow
A safe, local place, they’re happy to go.
Mothers with buggies need minimal fuss
The last thing they want is to catch a bus
They can stroll through the village during the day
And stop at the library along the way.
For the elderly who like to read for pleasure
They can browse through the books at their leisure
Large prints, audios, so much more
They can all be found on just one floor.
And for those of us of ‘inbetween’ ages
Who may not have the time to leaf through pages
The library can offer something for you
CD’s, DVD’s and Internet access too.
The warm friendly staff put you at ease
They’re happy to help and aim to please
They know you by name and remember your face
Can you get that in any other place?
It’s not just a library, it’s the village heart
And surrounding areas are playing their part
From Benson, Ewelme, Roke, Berrick Salome
We are pleading with you to leave our library alone.