‘MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LI­BRARY’

Vol­un­teers urg­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to make use of free fa­cil­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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WEL­COME: (Above) Vol­un­teers who run er­rards Cross Li­brary and (in­set) li­brary an­ager Lor­raine Sur­ridge

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