Posted: Wednesday 1st March 2017
An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of delivering the Home Library Service in the Bushey area.
If you have time to spare and are dedicated in helping to provide a valued lifeline to customers who find it challenging to visit their local library, then perhaps you can help!
We require customer focussed volunteers who we will train to select library stock and to deliver it to some of our local customers.
If this sounds like an opportunity suited to you, then for further details and how to apply, please visit our website.
Herts Memories was launched in 2009 by Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies to celebrate life in Hertfordshire. The website offers a place for members of the public to share and enjoy photos, memories and historical research on Hertfordshire.
One area to explore is the Hertfordshire Voices Project. Volunteers have delved into the archives and taken extracts from diaries and letters to transport you back in time to various points in history and give you an insight into what life was really like here in Hertfordshire. Each diary/letter-writer has been given a voice by one of the Herts Memories volunteers: you can play the audio clips we recorded on each page to bring the writing to life.
Entries include the diaries of Adela Capel who was one of three children within the household of Cassiobury, and daughter of Arthur Algernon Capel, the sixth Earl of Essex. She and her brothers had a governess named Miss Smart, who tutored and cared for them. Extracts from one year of Adela's personal diary in 1841 when she was either 13 or 14 can be listened to.
Arthur Martin-Leake of High Cross was awarded a bar to the Victoria Cross during World War One. Arthur was born in 1874, the seventh of eight children of Stephen Martin-Leake and Isobel Plunkett. The six brothers all served in the forces in some capacity. Most of Arthur's letters from the front are light-hearted and optimistic, tending to play down any danger or unpleasantness — he implies that boredom was the worst thing he faced. While this could be interpreted as the somewhat gung-ho attitude expected of officers during the war, it shouldn't be forgotten that Arthur was writing home to his family, in particular to his elderly mother, and it's possible he simply didn't want to worry them.
We will be adding further extracts every month throughout the year.
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday and is located at County Hall, Peg’s Lane Hertford
Community Libraries - continued successes and development of our volunteers
Since the launch of Redbourn and Chorleywood Community Libraries in November 2015, our work with community library volunteers has grown and the skills of the volunteers in these libraries have gone from strength to strength.
Redbourn volunteers have taken part in several events over recent months, including the village Christmas market and a living Advent calendar event in December, for which they opened up the library for seasonal poetry readings. Both events were a great success and the living advent calendar was a first for the library service to be part of.
The volunteer team have also introduced Baby Rhyme Time sessions for toddlers at the library every Friday morning, which is a brand new service for Redbourn customers offered by volunteers.
Redbourn also make good use of local websites to promote their services and to recruit more volunteers and have been proactive in setting up their own Twitter and Facebook accounts to develop their local online presence. Please follow or befriend them and see what they are up to!
At Chorleywood, volunteers are currently working with us to help manage the library stock procedures as they have a keen interest in displaying stock and maximising its potential. They also now deal themselves with all stock donations from customers and process them for library stock or for booksale.
This is all great progress at our first two community libraries….. but our work has not stopped there.
Since December, we have also been starting to train new community library volunteers at Kings Langley and Goffs Oak Libraries, to help them make the transition to community library status. Induction sessions have been offered to a total of over 80 volunteers in these communities so far, with more planned for March and beyond.
Meetings are also in progress at Wheathampstead and London Colney Libraries for transitioning these two libraries to community library status later this year too.
Help is always needed for both front line staffing duties as well as helping the steering groups to publicise the volunteering opportunities available.
If you are interested in assisting with any of these projects, please contact the library steering group for the location in your area:
Or, if you would like any further information about these community based projects, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
IT Champion volunteers
A big thank you to all of our IT Champions who helped us to support Safer Internet Day this year. Safer Internet Day, organised by Insafe promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
During the volunteering sessions for the fortnight around Safer Internet Day, IT Champions were asked to promote staying safe online. They were on hand to help the public and answer any questions they might have using the websites www.stayingsafeonline.co.uk and www.learnmyway.com It is important to promote online safety as by 2020 the government want 90% of transactions to be carried out online. This means that an increasing number of the population will be required to go online whether it is via a PC, laptop, tablet or a mobile phone.
The IT Champions at our larger libraries, handed out some free copies of a booklet produced by Which called “Protecting your data online made easy”.
If you are interested in finding out more about being an IT Champion and volunteering for Hertfordshire libraries to help with providing support and guidance for people with IT then please look on our website: