by Carole Koneff | Library Aide – Third Street Elementary
April 23, 2010
Dear Elected School Board
sitting there today
I wish I was standing in front of you
because I have something to say.
I want to save the libraries;
I want to save the books
I want to preserve a basic need
so children can sit in nooks.
I plead on behalf of Andrew;
I plead on behalf of Kate
Who come in the library every day,
as soon as they’re through the gate!
I plead on behalf of Felix;
I plead on behalf of Reese
Who like to come in and pick up a book
in a place of sanctuary and peace!
I beg on behalf of Ella;
I beg on behalf of Mack
Who fell in love with Bill Peet
and now do not look back.
I beg on behalf of Kinder,
I read to them every week
They’re always happy to see me
and always anxious to speak.
I beg on behalf of teachers
who need to get in the door
When looking for something for STULL day
that shows a little bit more.
I implore on behalf of parents,
busy with car pools and life
Knowing their kids can get books at school
helps a bit with the strife!
I plead on behalf of “Shiloh”;
I plead on behalf of “Holes”
Books about mushrooms or dolphins,
presidents, artists or moles
I plead on behalf of “Despereaux”;
I plead on behalf of “Hoot”
I plead on behalf of the library aides
about to be given the boot!
You need to let us stay open;
you need to let someone care
So that when they come in at recess,
the books will still be there!
If the doors do not remain open,
if the doors are forced to be locked
Then millions of hungry brain cells
from life-changing words will be blocked!
I hope that you all get the message;
I hope that you will see the light
And allow us to do what we do best;
we’ll never give up the fight.
Libraries are REALLY IMPORTANT,
libraries shape students’ lives.
Access to books in a nice quiet place
and just about everyone thrives.
Don’t tell me about “extra” money
don’t tell me there was a choice
Library aides work really hard
but nobody gave us a voice
Don’t abandon the libraries,
don’t allow them to wither and die
Dear School Board who “hold all the cards”
please hear my desperate cry!
“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good.” -- Barack Obama --