‘MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LIBRARY’
Volunteers urging members of the public to make use of free facilities
VOLUNTEERS at a library have said people can save money this year by becoming a member.
Lorraine Surridge, the manager of Gerrards Cross Library, in Station Road, has said people can make 2015 a money-saving year by simply becoming a member of the community library, which is free.
Mrs Surridge said a few examples of how people can save money by becoming a member include borrowing books and magazines for the whole family, free downloads of more than 1,400 audio, ebooks and magazines, free IT tuition, borrow your book club’s reading book sets with more than 500 sets available, audio CDs for people with a visual disability, free wi-fi, free use of the public computers for one hour per day, free bounce and rhyme times for babies and toddlers twice a week, free use of Ancestry (a family history search programme) and more. Gerrards Cross Library became a community library two years ago and while it works in partnership with Bucks County Council, which provides books and support, it is run by volunteers.
Mrs Surridge said: “These people come in and give their time for free, so it’d be good if people use the library to make sure the library will stay open for the whole community. I’d urge people to join. Libraries have really moved on and I don’t think people realise the amount of services we have to offer.
“I think becoming a member is mutual, it’s good for us because we’re always looking to increase our membership and it saves members money, so come use us and see what we have to offer.”
The library has members not just from the village but also from places such as Iver, Denham, Fulmer and Stoke Poges. If people have a neighbour who cannot get out they can join as a Good Neighbour and pick up things for them.
The library also runs a children’s book club for seven to 11 year-olds every other Saturday from 11am to noon, with the next session taking place on Saturday, January 24.
For more information, call 01494 586 855.
WELCOME: (Above) Volunteers who run errards Cross Library and (inset) library anager Lorraine Surridge