CHILDREN’S POET AND AUTHOR JOSEPH COELHO SETS OFF ON A LIBRARY JOINING MARATHON!

01 August 2019

Children’s poet and author Joseph Coelho sets off on a library joining marathon!


Joseph Coelho has set himself the challenge of joining a library in every Library Authority in the UK in a quest to celebrate the inclusive, vital role libraries play in our lives and to encourage as many people as possible to #JoinYourLibrary. As part of his ‘Library Marathon’ Joseph will physically visit a library in each authority to join and receive his library card. He’ll plot his progress on a giant library marathon map on his website at https://www.thepoetryofjosephcoelho.com tweeting and blogging his journey around the UK.

Joseph has long been a passionate and vociferous supporter of libraries in the UK. His debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers and published by Andersen Press, celebrates his love for libraries and his own childhood spent in libraries:

“It was in my local library where I studied for exams with friends, browsed books about beach combing and imagined living by the sea, bought second-hand encyclopedias that I’d otherwise never own and where I had my first Saturday job. It was in my library that I got to know and connect with my local community, where I read, studied and wrote.”

The Library Marathon will be undertaken with the support of CILIP and Libraries Connected with special activities being planned for Libraries Week, which runs from 7th – 12th October with the theme Celebrating Libraries in a Digital World. There are around 3,600 public libraries across every part of the UK, serving more than 200m physical visits a year and over 90m online. Libraries have a more diverse audience than any other arts/culture sector with the demographic most strongly correlated with library use being 15-24 year olds.

Nick Poole, Chief Executive CILIP says, 'What a marvelous way to celebrate and promote libraries. We are delighted to support Joseph in his library quest, that showcases the important role of libraries in so many people's stories. As an avid library supporter and advocate Joseph demonstrates the joy the library can bring and we will be watching and supporting his journey with enthusiasm. We look forward to celebrating with Joseph and libraries across the country during Libraries Week this October.'

Libraries Connected have been instrumental in connecting Joseph with individual Library Authorities, and facilitating his mammoth marathon across the UK.

'Joseph is a wonderful supporter of libraries and we couldn't be more excited to support his libraries marathon. We've had a wonderful response from libraries across the country offering to host Joseph on his quest and we are delighted that he will again be able to highlight all the wonderful activities that happen in libraries.' Mark Freeman, Libraries Connected President.


Joseph will be signing up to our very own Southend Libraries on Monday 5th August at Kent Elms Library at 11:15am!

https://www.thepoetryofjosephcoelho.com