Volunteers breathe new life into library
Helpers still required
(Left) Lorraine Surridge with staff and volunteers at Gerrards Cross Library A LIBRARY has gone from strength to strength since it was taken over by volunteers more than two years ago.
The Gerrards Cross Community Library in Station Road faced closure in 2012 after Bucks County Council announced it was unable to continue providing the service due to budget cuts.
The only way to keep it open was to get volunteers to run it, and now more than 500 people regularly use the library, which has more than 80 volunteers.
A recent library annual meeting revealed how successful the site has been since its relaunch.
A delighted library manager Lorraine Surridge said: “It’s great that so many people are coming along and using what we have on offer.
“I think that one of the reasons that it has been such a success is that people can see that the library is a real part of the community, and more and more people are able to see for themselves the amount of things that we can offer.
“We have events taking place all the time, and we have lots of things for children during the holidays, many of which are free, so there is always something going on here.”
Mrs Surridge praised her team of volunteers, adding: “We couldn’t do it without them, they are such a good and committed team.
“They are punctual and reliable, and really know the library. They are also incredibly helpful to people who visit.
“Without their commitment, the library would not have been a success over the past couple of years.”
They are looking for more people to help to run events such as children’s story time sessions and a book club for adults to take part in.
Call 01494 586 855 to find out more about the library and how you can help out.