Dedicated volunteers who give up their time to help at Wokingham Borough’s libraries will be thanked at a special event on Wednesday June 15 from 2pm to 4pm at Wokingham Library.
In the Wokingham Borough there are 60 library volunteers, helping with many aspects of the library and learning services, including:
- the Home Library Service – volunteers choose and deliver books to readers who are unable to get to the library themselves
- storytime sessions and children’s activities and events
- popular clubs for young people such as the Warhammer Club, Manga Club, Wokingham Book Borrowers and Teen Book Group, run by young volunteers
- special library events such as author visits
- Bookstart packing parties – adding leaflets to Bookstart packs, which are given free to babies and young children to encourage reading from an early age
Kate Mitchell, Wokingham Borough Council volunteer service coordinator, said: "The library volunteers are a marvellous group of helpful and hard working people, and their efforts are greatly appreciated. Using volunteers adds value to the library services available to customers across the borough, ranging from vulnerable people in their own homes using the Home Library Service to families and young people attending story times and children’s activities."
All library volunteers have been invited to the summer celebration, where they will hear a local history talk by Trevor Ottlewski and receive certificates thanking them for their efforts. They will also have the chance to meet fellow volunteers and library staff, to catch up on library news and enjoy afternoon tea.