Man on a mission to join 70 libraries will visit Pershore Library

Joseph Coelho speaking at an event
Photo Credit: Martin Salter for the Reading Agency
Published Monday, 19th August 2019

A poet has challenged himself to visit and join a library in every authority in the UK in a bid to encourage others to join their local library.

Joseph Coelho, a poet and children’s author, will visit Pershore Library on Tuesday 27 August at 4pm as part of his quest.

Joseph is a huge supporter of libraries and hopes his journey across the country in his camper van will inspire more people to get out and join their local library.

Joseph Coelho, poet and children’s author, said “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.”

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member with responsibility for communities at Worcestershire County Council said, “We are thrilled to welcome Joseph to Pershore during his library marathon. Joseph is a shining example of how important libraries can be to people’s lives. His journey across the UK is a fantastic celebration of library membership and we will be lucky to be able to call him a member.”   

The team from Pershore Library will be on hand on 27 August at 4pm to greet Joseph and issue him with a Worcestershire Libraries membership card.

The challenge, supported by CILIP and Libraries connected, will see Joseph joining 70 libraries in total.

You can keep up with Joseph’s journey by visiting his website or twitter.