I owe a huge debt of gratitude to libraries.
During my youth, I was always in my local library for all manner of reasons including homework research and reading for pleasure. When I was a teacher, I walked my pupils to the local library on numerous occasions. Now I’m writing and storytelling, I visit loads of libraries across Blackpool and further afield across Lancashire, telling my stories and sharing my books. It’s safe to say that the libraries have been a constant throughout my life.
When I picked up on Save Coppull Library’s plea for authors to share stories at a ‘read in’, I just had to go along.
I was one of six guests lucky enough to share a story. Local authors Dom Conlon and Victoria Trundle read to the children. Actress Kay Purcell and comedian Dave Spikey shared poetry and literary favourites and MP Lindsay Hoyle read to the gathered audience.
The library was packed to the rafters with people of various ages. I could feel the community spirit and, after talking to quite a few people, the passion they collectively shared to keep their library open.
I pulled on the story waistcoat and shared an Impossible Tale as well as introducing the children and adults to Eric Appleby. It was great and I loved every minute. Even though I’m not local and didn’t know many people, I was made to feel welcome.
Well done to the event organisers. I wish everyone well and hope that their hard work has highlighted just how vital Coppull and ALL our libraries are. I love and value libraries and it was great to meet so many like-minded people who can see the real value of their local library.
Libraries are vital resources in all our communities. We need to keep supporting them because they need us now more than ever before.
Thanks to Save Coppull Library Facebook account for sharing some of their pictures.
Some action shots from my storytelling session
Adele Bamber sharing a story
Lots of people who love their library (including Eric!)
Eric was thrilled to have his picture taken with Dave Spikey.
Dave Spikey sharing a favourite book.