"I need you kids to listen up,"
The teacher warned her class.
"If you don't pay attention now
Third grade you will not pass."
"Your homework, due a week from now,
Will be a book review.
You'll need to start your reading now,
Take notes and follow through."
"We're heading down the hall today
To visit Mrs. Lynne.
Our special is The Library.
Tomorrow we'll have Gym."
As she lined up her lively class,
And glanced up at the clock
She wished the time was half past three
For out the door she'd walk.
As twenty-seven rowdy kids
Charged through to choose a book,
A woman clapped her hands and stood;
She had a weary look.
"Please settle down and take a seat,
My name is Mrs. Lynne.
"I need to have all eyes on me
And then we can begin."
"This is a silent, 'QUIET ZONE'
Where children come to read,
So show me quiet feet and hands
And then we will proceed."
She pointed out the fiction books
Of stories, all untrue,
Then shared her Dewey Decimals
So they would have a clue.
"Before we browse the shelves," she said,
"I'll take your questions now.
Just ask me what you'd like to read---
I'll show you where and how."
A boy named Drew shot up his hand
And asked, "Where can I look?
I want some books on magic tricks---
I hope you have a book."
"In 700s you will find
The books on magic tricks
As well as fun-filled arts and crafts,
We have a motley mix."
A little girl then raised her hand,
And asked, "Where is a book
Where I can read about the stars?
Please tell me where to look."
"Good question," Mrs. Lynne praised her,
"500s you can go
Where you'll find math and science books;
There's much to read and know."
"I want a Harry Potter book",
A brown-eyed boy yelled out.
In fiction there were shelves of them;
He did not go without.
And being it was Halloween
The kids were thrilled to find
More books on witches, trolls and ghosts
And horrors of the mind.
Then little Peter John popped up
His freckled eager hands
And asked for books that told of God
And ancient Bible lands.
"I'm looking for a Bible, please,
Like Grandma shared with me,
So I can read the story where
The Lord did part the sea."
But Mrs. Lynne just sighed and said,
"I'm sorry, my young friend,
Don't think we have one Bible here
For fear it might offend."
"But here in the 200s shelves;
You'll find religious stuff
Of every major faith and creed;
I'm sure you'll find enough."
At last the kids returned to class
As Mrs. Lynne then smiled,
But thought, I wonder why it is
The children are so wild?
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