Li­brary stal­wart is a wor­thy re­cip­i­ent of Em­pire Medal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

IT was great news to hear that Tony Hoare is go­ing to be awarded the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal in the New Year’s Hon­ours list, for his ser­vices to the com­mu­nity in Chal­font St Giles.

As many peo­ple will know, Tony has been both a lead­ing and guid­ing light in run­ning the com­mu­nity li­brary and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre in the vil­lage. He thor­oughly de­serves this award for all his un­ceas­ing ef­forts and en­thu­si­asm for the project although, know­ing Tony, he will say that he is a mem­ber of the team work­ing to achieve the goal of pro­vid­ing and main­tain­ing this ser­vice for the vil­lage.

At this point I must de­clare an in­ter­est be­cause for sev­eral years, for the con­ve­nience of con­stituents, I have held ad­vice surg­eries there – on an open ad­vice surgery ba­sis – and the next one was al­ready planned at the li­brary later this month! (They also have spoiled me with Dan­ish pas­tries dur­ing my surgery for which I and my staff are truly grate­ful!)

My vis­its en­able me to see first hand that the li­brary is a great as­set for vil­lagers and all the vol­un­teers who work there de­serve our thanks.

In th­ese times of aus­ter­ity they have saved this ser­vice through their ef­forts and ini­tia­tive.

It re­ally is a part­ner­ship, not only with the county coun­cil li­brary ser­vice – mean­ing any­one with a county li­brary ticket can bor­row and re­turn books or other items like DVDs there – but with the com­mu­nity as a whole be­cause vil­lagers can do­nate nearly-new books they have loved to the com­mu­nity li­brary and then other peo­ple will be able to bor­row them. Of course li­braries con­tain in­for­ma­tion in dig­i­tal and other for­mats too, so the Chal­font St Giles li­brary of­fers in­ter­net ac­cess. It is of­fi­cially a wifi hot spot so peo­ple can ac­cess smart phones or other de­vices there. Li­brary users can also look at a num­ber of elec­tronic data­bases.

Gone are the days when the only sound ut­tered in a li­brary was “Ssshhh!” and thus I am de­lighted that the team at the Chal­font St Giles li­brary runs a story-telling ses­sion for un­der-fives each Thurs­day at 2.30 pm. I hope the lit­tle ones who at­tend will go on to en­joy us­ing the li­brary re­sources as they grow up and through­out their lives, thanks to Tony and the team there. So why not drop in some time and see the wealth of what they have to of­fer and maybe even have a chat with your MP?

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