Thursday, 2 June 2011

Prizes for poetry competition winners

Prizes have been handed out to the winners of a poetry competition at Arbury Court Library.

Three poets – Elias Acevedo, 8, Maria Dixon, 14 and Karen Rodgers, 45 – each took home a book token and a framed copy of their work at a prize-giving ceremony at the library this morning. The prizes were given out during the library’s popular Story Club session.

The competition was organised by Friends of Arbury Library (FOAL) member William Brown, and was judged by Mr Brown together with children’s author Paul Shipton (also a FOAL member) and staff at the library. You can scroll down to read the full text of the winning poems.

Mr Brown said: “We had such a high standard of entries that judging the competition was an almost impossible task. We were delighted to see so many people, children and adults, taking part and showing their creative sides. Although we could only pick three winners in the end, everyone who entered the competition is a winner in our eyes.”

Cook Book
Elias Acevedo, age 8
I got a hook
and on the hook
there was a book
and in the book
was how to cook
I took a look
and now
I can cook!

Please help save my library
Maria Dixon, age 14 
Please help save my library
It means so much to me.
Without it, I'd never have known
Tweedledum or Tweedledee.
I would not know What Katy Did 
Or Where The Wild Things Are,
I'd have no clue where Hogwarts was
Or why Frodo journeyed far.
I'd have no fiction friends you see,
No Sherlock Holmes or Baloo the Bear,
Without my books, I would be lost,
Plus, the library's always been there.
I don't want to lose my library,
I love it so dearly.
So please help save my library,
it means so much to me!

The Sanctuary
Karen Rodgers, age 451/2
In the streets it's such a riot
Where in the world can you go to be quiet?
Radios blaring, great screens glaring,
people staring: "what are you wearing?"
People lonely, but nobody caring,
no-one to ask how the old lady's faring.
Where can you go to share a story,
to reflect on life in all of its glory?
Where can you go, where people know you,
where you can share a joke, a recipe too?
Where can you go where you know you'll find
both company and something to stretch your mind?
Is there anywhere left in this whole busy town
where you can go to slow it all down?
Well, there's one place left where it's quiet and sane,
Where the colours are real and they know you by name;
where you can sit for a while, lost in wonder
where you've time to admire, to think and to ponder.
Entranced by myths and lulled by verse,
without having to overstrain the purse.
One sane place left in this whole crazy town,
please don't close our library down.  

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Opening hours consultation

Cambridgeshire County Council is currently running a consultation on the opening hours for Arbury Court Library and other branches in the county.

The proposal is to reduce the opening hours to 27 hours a week (from 32.5 hours a week). This reduction is around 17%, substantially more than overall reduction of 7% being proposed for the entire service. Despite claims that 'more popular Saturday opening hours' are to be retained, the proposal would also see the library close at 1pm on a Saturday instead of the current time of 3pm.

The consultation can be completed online and must be filled out by Saturday, June 18. We  urge everyone to use the questionnaire to make their views known before the deadline.

Further information – including a printable PDF of the questionnaire, and a letter from the Head of Libraries to local Councillor and Friends member Andy Pellew – can be found on Cllr Pellew’s blog. More information is also available on the county council’s website.