Today is the start of National Library Week 2013! I like that they are pushing the importance of communities in conjuction with libraries across the country, as I think that libraries are the lifeblood of the community, which is why they are so important to keep funding. The spokesperson is Caroline Kennedy (President Kennedy’s daughter), who has just come out with a cool new children’s book called Poems to Learn by Heart, a companion book to her previous volume A Family of Poems. It is illustrated by the awesomely talented author/illustrator Jon J. Muth.
In celebration of National Library Week, I’ve selected three poems that have to do with libraries, poetry and librarians. I’ve not heard of the first two poets, but I loved Nikki Giovanni’s poem on Rosa Parks, which won a 2006 Caldecott Honor and the 2006 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrators. For more info on the book, check out this interview she gave to NPR.
|by Molly Peacock|
|may favor obscure brainy aptitudes in youand a love of the past so blind you wouldventure, always securing permission,
into the back library stacks, without food
or water because you have a mission:
to find yourself, in the regulated light,
holding a volume in your hands as you
yourself might like to be held. Mostly your life
will be voices and images. Information. You
may go a long way alone, and travel much
to open a book to renew your touch.