Vol­un­teers breathe new life into li­brary

Helpers still re­quired

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

(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.


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