Werrington Community Shop Boosts Library Funds

One way Werrington Community Library has been able to raise funds is through the Community Shop. Local people and businesses kindly donate items for sale and space has been devoted in one corner of the library to proudly display their wares. Volunteers regularly review items and refresh the stock.

One of the many famous name items donated was a Beswick Horse which an eagle-eyed volunteer noticed could be of value and checked it out on the internet with the result that they contacted Antiques Roadshow star Charles Hanson who readily agreed to help, and waive his fees to benefit the group. The horse raised £90 at auction.

Charles is now working on putting up for sale Beswick Huntsmen, a pack of hounds and fox at his own auction house, ‘Hansons’.

The photograph shows volunteers Betty Johnson, Jean Fryer and Jean Shaw handing over the Beswick Horse to Charles Hanson.

So What?

Donations and purchases have made a significant contribution to the library which enables other community activities in the library to take place at a subsidised cost.

Defibrillator Installed at Werrington Community Library

Thanks to the generosity of the Werrington 50+ Group who have donated over £1,250.00, the defibrillator has been installed at Werrington Community Managed Library. This facility was part of the Community Groups original “Heart of Werrington” campaign which has links with the Werrington Village Surgery Patient Panel.

So What?

Residents can have peace of mind that there will be access available on a 24/7 basis outside the library building.

Blythe Bridge Community Library Launch

Blythe Bridge Community Library managed by the Care and Fun Club have held an exciting open day on 8th October to showcase all the activities on offer. The new name of the library—Blythe Centre—Your Community, Your Library was also unveiled.

This came about after a survey in the library to find out what the community wanted in their library. It was felt if people were given the opportunity to name the library too it would help it to become part of the community.

A bouncy castle, author talks for adults and children, first aid demonstrations and health apps were part of the line up on the day. People could register their interest in coding clubs for children, war hammer, genealogy and Languages for Fun or suggest some event or activity they would love to see happen in the library.

Helen Bickerton, Volunteer Library Manager and Chairperson of the Care and Fun Club added, “we are more than just a library. We are here to support the community and listen to them.”

So What?

The event and the good numbers of partners, members of the community and volunteers has already made a real impact in raising the profile of the new Community Managed Library

Volunteering in Libraries across Newcastle

Volunteers have been shadowing members of library staff in a number of libraries across Newcastle – Talke, Loggerheads and Audley.

The volunteers have been learning how to check books in and out, request books, search the catalogue, supporting groups and users and other aspects of the day to day running of the library. This has been well received by library users, who have been extremely supportive throughout the process.

While the cohort of volunteers is very diverse, they all share a common goal. All believe in the great importance libraries have in our communities.

So What?

There is a lot more to the day to day running of a library and community facility than meets the eye, but all volunteers are embracing the challenge and enhancing their skills as they are determined to provide the best possible service for their communities.

War is Coming to Clayton Library!

A new volunteer supported Wargaming group will be starting soon in Clayton library on Monday evenings from 6pm. This will be a new initiative aimed at anyone who is over the age of 16. It will complement the existing group who meet on a Saturday at the library. This will give an opportunity for anyone interested in Fantasy, Science Fiction or Historical table top Wargaming an opportunity to meet in the library when it is closed.

The group is open to anyone, whether they are experienced gamers or new to the hobby and will involve various different games, including Warhammer, Malifaux, and Flames of War.Wargamming

This group will complement the current Wargaming group that meets at Uttoxeter Library on a Tuesday evening from 6pm.

So What?

The Wargaming groups allow adults and young people the opportunity to make new friends in a safe environment and further increase usage of both Uttoxetter and Clayton libraries.

Anyone who is interested to come along or want more information can contact matthew.howard@staffordshire.gov.uk or by phone on 07866 921873

Audley Library

Since January 2016 over 30 volunteers have come forward from the Audley area interested in supporting their local library. The volunteer’s backgrounds are as varied as the communities that libraries sit in. Proving that volunteering with Staffordshire Libraries is truly is for everyone.

Volunteers have been training with members of Newcastle Library staff within Audley library in order to gain an insight into the day to day operation of a library.

7 of the volunteers have formed a committee with a view to take on the day to day management of their local library, and are looking to develop a fabulous resource for the village and Audley Volunteerssurrounding area.

The volunteers and committee have ‘gone live’ as a Community Managed Library on 13th February 2017.

This is a picture of some of volunteers at Audley Library.

There is a really strong community involvement in Audley Library and this will enable more opportunities and ideas to take place.

Watch this space…

Between the Lines Event at Rising Brook Community Library

The programme of events and activities provided at Rising Brook Community Library continues to expand and develop, and the Between the Lines series of events is proving very popular with customers.Helen Blog 3 Between the Lines RB Event jpeg Jan 17

This series of events has developed a good following and is attracting a wide audience of old and new customers; at this event there were four teenagers, as well as nine people who had not used or visited the library previously.

New ways of publicising the events, via the local school library, Rising Brook Baptist Church as well as posters and the library facebook page paid off. On Wednesday 1 February an audience of 25 people were guided on an informal look at the well-known play, An Inspector Calls.

Reasons for Volunteering for Staffordshire Libraries

Our volunteers have many reasons for wanting to volunteer for the library service, from gaining new skills to a love of libraries. One of the volunteers recently told me:

“Becoming a volunteer has given me a whole new lease of life. I was definitely in a rut and not really doing anything worthwhile. But since I have been coming into the library I have got to meet and work with some really nice people and have found something that not only utilises my talents but also hopefully benefits others.”

Baswich and Holmcroft Community Libraries have officially opened!

Customers, volunteers, partners and invited guests attended a special event at Baswich and Holmcroft Libraries to celebrate their official opening as community managed libraries.

Catherine Mann, Libraries and Arts Manager, and Neil Carr, Chief Executive of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, spoke about the success of the partnership between Staffordshire Libraries and South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, and thanked the volunteers for their hard work and commitment to providing the library service for the local community.

Since we have opened we have seen a steady increase in the numbers of volunteers at both these libraries. At Holmcroft, the number of volunteers has increased from 4 to 15 and at Baswich Helen Blog 1 Holmcroft Launch jpeg Jan 17the team has grown from 14 to 27.

We are always looking for new volunteers, so if you are interested then please do get in touch!

Here are the volunteers getting ready for the launch party, and Neil Carr and Catherine Mann cutting the ribbons.

So What?

The partnership between South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustHelen Blog 1 Holmcroft Launch jpeg 2 Jan 17 and Staffordshire County Council Libraries has already enabled key volunteer roles to be filled and local community members to be trained and their confidence built.

A New Role for Joyce at Penkridge Library

Nearly 20 new volunteers were recruited across the SCC managed libraries in the South West Cluster throughout 2016, carrying out a wide range of roles, including guitar club leader, IT Buddies, local History support and walk leader.

After retiring, Joyce volunteered at Penkridge library as she “wanted to give something back”. Originally supporting events and shelving in the library, an opportunity arose to become a Home Book volunteer. Joyce now regularly visits 2 ladies in the area, delivering books along with much appreciated company.

The photo shows a smiling Joyce in Penkridge library.

So What?

With her confidence growing, Joyce also delivers one to one Family History sessions in the library, promoting our online services, including the Ancestry website and providing invaluable help to people tracing their family history.