Lorna loves books. She loves them so much her own home is almost a library, so volunteering at Marsden Library and being surrounded by books is an ideal way to indulge her passion. It has proved to be a perfect fit for her skills and experience as a retired Early Years teacher, too. Every Friday afternoon in term time, Lorna takes classes from the local school for Storytime sessions: sometimes she reads to them, while at other times she uses her skills as a former puppeteer and makes masks with them to tell the story. The rest of her shift is spent tidying shelves, helping people find the books they want, encouraging children to try new books and giving out Tourist Information.
Marsden library is the focal point of the village and provides residents with far more than just books. As well as providing access to tourist information and computers, people often come in for a chat, and children use it as a safe place to wait. The library is of huge benefit to the community, providing a resource which Lorna is keen to protect. When the call came for people to volunteer to step up to support the library service, Lorna and her husband Steve came forward to become some of the founder members of the Friends of Marsden Library group.
As part of this group, Lorna has been heavily involved in fund raising and organising activities to attract more people to use the library. The activities held for Chinese New Year brought in a great number of people to the library, as does the regular Saturday Lego Club, which is a great way of attracting more children. The library continues to be a big demand on her time, but while Lorna still has the opportunity to enjoy what she calls, “playing with books”, it all seems worthwhile to her!