Over 40 people gathered at Hednesford library on 1st February 2017 to celebrate the official launch of the Community Managed Library by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Staffordshire County Council representatives;Cathy Blog3 Hednesford library cutting the ribbon on launch day
Local press coverage has resulted in a further 7 new volunteers.
The current team of 27 volunteers hosted the event with light refreshments and a poem. The poem highlights library volunteer Liz Williams’ experience of becoming a volunteer…
What could possibly go wrong?
We’d done all our initial training,
At Heath Hayes for a few weeks.
We’d learnt everything that needs explaining,
So we didn’t feel a load of geeks.
So now we all were ready,
And feeling brave as brave,
We let ourselves through the gate all steady,
And listened to the creak it gave.
To conquer the keysafe was our first hurdle,
‘Go for it Tracey,’ I said
I am feeling a bit of a nurdle (One of my new words)
‘Wow, you’ve done it’ As through the door she led.
(And I’ve been doing it ever since- I’m right behind her)
The pipping of the alarm,
Struck terror in my heart,
Would the number make it calm,
Or would me and the library part.
We are in – feeling very proud,
We’d overcome this dragon
At least we’re in one piece
We just need wine by the flagon
(That’s our excuse)
Computers our next challenge,
Some with winking screens,
Don’t remember where the switches are,
Oh well, someone will know what that message means.
Life continues to get harder,
The door has many choices,
It always chooses me to challenge,
Oh well, the public can use their voices.
Anyone remember their first logon,
Wasn’t it a joy,
How many times did you try that password,
How many times annoy.
The till another battle,
Which colour key does what?
Is the float ok?
Oh well that’s your lot.
The date stamp is the final puzzle
To read it upside down,
Sends you into a fuzzle (another new word)
And makes you want to leave town.
Where is the key to the loo?
Where is the book of notes?
Is the nice van man due today?
We hang on by thetail of our coats.
Being a volunteer
Is not an easy life,
But is it worth the effort
And the trouble and the strife ?
Liz Williams – library volunteer at Hednesford
And you bet they are doing it really well
Photos shows Mark Cardwell from South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Catherine Mann Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Manager with the ribbon being cut by volunteer coordinator Sue Horton.
The launch event provided an opportunity for the volunteers, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Staffordshire County Council staff to meet and also raised the profile locally of the new Community Managed Library model in Hednesford.