Posted: Thursday 27th June 2019
Whilst we often promote new volunteering opportunities in our community libraries, here is an article about what goes on in Kings Langley, written by one of their volunteer steering group members:
“Along with other Tier 3 libraries, the Kings Langley Community Library is trying to develop the library as a community resource. The key to this aim is a desire to increase footfall by offering a range of activities and displays to complement the conventional library services.
Each month by our front door we have a table top display showcasing books on a topical subject, usually with a twist. For example for February we combined romantic and medical aspects of the heart – Mills & Boon to non-fiction.
We have introduced a programme of evening Library Talks, some by professional speakers and some given on a pro bono basis. We charge for tickets and use the proceeds to purchase things for our library or support local charities linked to the topic of the talk. Our last talk was a sell-out success – we were turning people away at the door.
We have also run a series of talks by local children’s authors, who talked to the children and read from their books. The children had to be accompanied so we also gained an opportunity to engage with the parents. To complement these talks we also hold children’s craft sessions and support county wide activities such as Elmer Day and the Summer Reading Challenge.
The library provides access to the “Ancestry” package via the in-library computers so we have introduced a monthly drop in session where one of our volunteers provides an introduction to the software.
We spotted a newspaper article about a local artist who is working with aspiring villagers and are planning a display of their work in the library. Similarly we enter an appropriately decorated tree in the annual Xmas Tree Festival in the parish church and follow that up with Xmas decoration workshops in the library.
To make ourselves more visible we have taken a stall in the monthly village market at which we sell donated books and can advertise our events. We took a stall at the village fete this year which gave us an opportunity to reach people who may not have been aware of all the things libraries can offer.
We are constantly looking for opportunities to broaden our customer base, so there is always a lot going on!”
Getting ready for blast off!
The school summer holidays are just around the corner meaning it’s almost time for our Summer Reading Challenge to start, in libraries across Hertfordshire, on the 13th July. The Libraries’ Community Services team have been visiting volunteers to prepare them for this year’s ‘mission’.
The theme for 2019 is Space Chase, celebrating fifty years since man first walked on the moon. As the children work their way through the challenge they will earn collectable stickers which they place into their own ‘mission folder’. They’ll be helping the Rocket family track down the missing library books, which have been stolen from the Moon Library by mischievous aliens.
If you live locally to one of our community libraries, and would like your children to join in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, pop along and see one of our volunteer ‘space crew’! Community Library volunteers will be ready and waiting to talk to children from their communities about the books they read over the summer. Let the Space Chase begin…
Where will you find our Community Libraries?
Our Community Libraries are located in the towns and villages of: Bovingdon, Brookmans Park, Chorleywood, Cuffley, Goffs Oak, Kings Langley, Knebworth (temporarily relocated to
St Martins church, while a brand new co-located library is being built), Leverstock Green, London Colney, Redbourn, Welwyn, Wheathampstead and Sawbridgeworth.
Calling Cuffley residents…
We have further volunteer induction sessions available at Cuffley Community Library in July and August. If you would like to attend email us at: email@example.com to book a place.