Library Haiku in Celebrating Boyertown Community Library’s Move

Haiku & Photography—Library Haiku in Celebrating Boyertown Community Library’s Move
By Jennifer Hetrick

Haiku is a Japanese form of poem which has three lines. The first and third lines use five syllables across their language-throwing, while the second line uses seven syllables in total.

These poems are typically very imagery-driven. They are also just straight-up plain fun.

The Boyertown Community Library re-opened today in its new location after a brief shutdown to get the books and all else into the new space at 24 North Reading Avenue.

It is now housed in a historic firehouse building in Boyertown, the Keystone Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1, marked at the top with its 1914 origin.

The library’s move means it now has a considerable amount of parking as well as more rooms and square footage.

I use the library instead of Netflix or any other rental option; DVDs are free to rent and are due a week after you take them out. I often order in DVDs from the 20+ libraries in Berks County if ours doesn’t have what I want to watch. This ordering in and access to the circulation of so many other libraries through our library is free across books, books on CD, DVDs, and other kinds of borrowable materials. Yet when I tell people about this, many don’t realize that it’s an option. So I am a big advocate of this route, especially with my strongly evident Pennsylvania Dutch cheap gene. And every time I see people appreciating the library, I am always stirred happily heart-wise.

Here is a haiku to celebrate our library’s new location and all of the employees and volunteers who likely work diligently all of the time but probably labored extra hard in the past half-month.

library haiku

shelves and books spanning
a new-yet-old set of rooms:
library comfort