Library stalwart is a worthy recipient of Empire Medal
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?