News for Volunteers



September 2019


NEW LIBRARY REVIEW

Following discussions at the Coffee Morning and with HCC we have now changed the layout of Fiction Shelves and the alphabetic shelving. This is making it easier for volunteers and customers.

We will be receiving two more small shelving units and two new replacement trolleys.



OUTSTANDING BUILDING MATTERS

We are still awaiting action on the external matter of the unsafe kerbs and the full commissioning of the automatic doors. When this is completed volunteer key holders will get keys and use the Fire Door for entry.

We continue to await the large TV screen for the Fire Service use and for the barrier and parking guidance to be clear outside.  The parking here is for Library Volunteer Staff plus those with a disability.



OUTSOURCING OF HERTS LIBRARY SERVICE

Herts Libraries will be run by a Public Mutual Organisation ‘LIBRARIES FOR LIFE’ which has many of the existing Libraries Management in its team. This will commence on 1st December 2019.


SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

We had just over 100 children completing the SRC challenge this year and held three successful Presentation Events supported by lots of parents and carers.


VOLUNTEERS

Our four new trainee volunteers are now entered as green on the rota and we have had a further four enquiries.



THE CONVERSATION CORNER

Following discussion at the Coffee Morning, a proposal has now been drawn up to have a ‘Village Conversation Corner’ immediately in front of the Library. This will encompass the Fire Station and Library Notice Board, for which we will seek funding, and a right angled ‘chat bench’. 

Funding for this may be available from Wheathampstead Businesses Group.  It would remain to fund the landscaping.  A full proposal is now being written.



PROJECTS and GROUPS

  • Re-starting of Saturday Storytime from 10.30 to 11am.
  • John Anstice has kindly volunteered to run some Maths Sessions for young people taking GCSE or A level Maths. These will take place on a Friday from 4.30 to 5.30pm. He would like one other volunteer to join him as a support person – you do not have to be a maths expert to be this.
  • Evening opening – we agreed that we would delay this until the Spring


MONTHLY THEMES

These need to be re-sited but will be near to the main door.

October - Nature   -   Jenny

November -  Gifts you can make  -   Karen

December - France  -  Fanny    or  Languages   -   Andrea  (tbc)

Jan 2020 - New Year Wellbeing   -   Lisa

Feb 2020 - Winning Books & Films    -   Jo


COMMUNICATION

A joint Fire Service/Library diary is now in use.



INFORMATION/DISPLAYS

Please do not stick things on any windows. All immediate notices should go on the Flip Chart by the front door.




NEXT COFFEE MORNING - Friday 18 October 2019 at 10.30am




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