‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the library.
Many creatures were stirring, but not one wee-little mousey.
The stockings were hung, by the circ-desk with care
in hope that St. Nicholas tonight would be here.

The books were nestled all snug on their shelves,
While visions of readers danced in their pages.
And mamma on her couch, and I in my chair,
Had just settled down to read a long book.

When down in the children’s area there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the windows I flew like a flash,
Tore past the tents and threw up the blinds.

The sun was up high in the clear, blue sky
Gave a shine and glare to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the library! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

Today is December 24. Christmas Eve. And the end of our Bookvent Calendar.

Day 24


So, our book for today was obviously ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas


Since tonight is the night before Christmas.

This poem was originally published anonymously in 1823 and called ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’. Clement Clarke Moore admitted to having written the poem in 1837.

It gives us many of our beliefs about Santa and fueled the idea that he was round like a bowl full of jelly as well as saying that Santa comes on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas morning.

It is a great book/poem to read to children, and adults, tonight as we get ready for the festivities tomorrow.

Behind the book, which has already been borrowed, was a picture of our wonderful, new Success Library.

New Success Library


Thank you for following the Bookvent Calendar through December.

From everyone at Cockburn Libraries we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Success Library Christmas

And remember that all three libraries are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and Saturday, 27th December. We will be open again on Monday, 29th December.