Author embarks on library-joining marathon

A popular children’s author and champion of local libraries is taking on a marathon challenge to celebrate the vital role libraries play in our community.

Children’s poet and author Joseph Coelho visited Northallerton library on Wednesday (7 August) as part of his quest to visit a library in every library authority in the UK. His aim is to encourage as many people as possible to join their local library.

Children’s poet and author Joseph Coelho visited Northallerton library on Wednesday (7 August) as part of his quest to visit a library in every library authority in the UK. His aim is to encourage as many people as possible to join their local library.

Joseph is a passionate supporter of libraries, with his debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, celebrating his love of libraries and childhood memories of them.

“It was in my library that I got to know and connect with my local community, where I read, studied and wrote,” he said. “I had my first Saturday job in a library – they really do hold my happiest memories. Libraries are community hubs. They provide numerous facilities, point you to services and also host a variety of social groups which are loved by so many in our communities.”

“The arrival of Joseph is yet another way to give our libraries the national recognition they deserve,” said County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries.

“Last month Harrogate library won The Bookseller’s Library of the Year Award 2019 and more than 7,000 children have already signed up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

“Library staff came up with the brilliant idea of offering 'bags of wellbeing' to boost mental health, which has provoked interest around the country, including London and Birmingham. We have also seen a surge in the number of 15 to 24-year-olds using libraries during the busy exam season.”

To find out more about Joseph’s journey visit www.thepoetryofjosephcoelho.com.

This story was published 8 August 2019