Our Roots

Our Roots by Terri Bonow October 29, 2014

Our collective human roots celebrate forefathers, foremothers

Who were these family members?

So long ago, and just yesterday

We learn of their unique struggles from day to day.

Or we guess at their varied and many adventures

Did they accomplish dreams, love their ventures?

Some were pioneers, women of change

Men of determination, some had fame.

Long legged lumberjacks cutting through the woods

Their axes surely killed the giant redwoods.

Endeavoring women, red quilted and ready

Keeping their families fed and steady.

Rugged shipman and cattleman dredging in muck

To keep bread on the table, surviving with luck.

Artists, writers, doctors, men of labor

Families of substance, those we succor.

Many fought the elements, learned to remain

Or so many family stories explain.

By work, love, and hardships we all make our mark

Times before, even today we weave our webs, create our spark.

We all are imparting mysteries, telling tales

Surviving-our colorful human family continues to prevail.

Library Poem by Julia Donaldson

Library Poem~ Julia Donaldson
Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.
There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.
Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.
The librarian’s a friend who loves to lend,
So see if there’s a book that she can recommend.
Read that book, and if you’re bitten
You can borrow all the other ones the author’s written.
Are you into battles or biography?
Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
There’s something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.
There are students revising, deep in concentration,
And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.
Over in the corner there’s a table with seating,
So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.
Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.