The Librarian – Poem by Joan McNerney

The Heroines Among Us

What a spectacular recognition Joan McNerney gives to a profession that is unassuming, yet brings magic to people’s lives! Read McNerney’s delightful poem of a Librarian and the beauty she encompasses therein!

The Librarian

Always cherished the sanctity of

this place.  This refuge of

knowledge arranged in infallible

logic of the Dewey Decimal system.

Judith loved to touch these volumes.

Especially heavy reference

dictionaries, atlases, almanacs

and encyclopedias.  Those sheltered

in secluded shelves for staff only.

Children come along each day

to feast on colorful books. Lounging

in small chairs, they become

spellbound by cornucopias of words.

Mostly she likes the retirees who

linger with newspapers and

magazines in the reading corner.

They confess not to understand

computers, writing down requested titles.

At the end of evening, Judith walks

through the quiet.  Before leaving,

she will select a saga of spicy

adventure to flavor her evening. 


Joan McNerney’s poetry is found in many literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Poet Warriors, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Four Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Spectrum Publications have accepted her work.  She has four Best of the Net nominations.  Her latest title is The Muse in Miniature available on and