When Holmfirth Library first put out a call for support, Susie and Jon were some of the first to step forward and volunteer their time. They helped to set up the Friends of Holmfirth Library and Tourist Information Centre group (FOHLATIC) and have been on the management committee ever since. The aim was to raise funds and recruit enough volunteers to help keep the library going during these difficult financial times.
As well as giving their time to managing the group, they also volunteer actively in the library and Tourist
Information Centre. They have helped out in a number of different ways: redecorating the library; running poetry evenings; organising book launches for local writers; starting a Lego club on Saturdays, running the summer reading challenge, organising quiz nights and socials to promote recruitment. But the activities they most enjoy are the ones they do with children, especially Storytime: “The thing that gives me most joy, that gives me real satisfaction, is running the Storytime sessions,” says Susie. Jon agrees: “However fed-up or down I feel before I go in, I always come out of it with a smile on my face.”
Susie and Jon are both retired teachers: Susie taught English and was very involved in family learning and literacy, while Jon’s subject was drama. They both see real value in the library as a resource for families and are committed to protecting and promoting its place in the community.
Susie and Jon get a great deal of satisfaction from their volunteering. They both feel the staff at the library are really supportive of the volunteers and there is a very friendly and positive relationship between them, making it a great place to volunteer. They enjoy being involved in supporting and protecting such a dynamic library. As Jon says: “Life would be duller without it!”
Read more about becoming a library volunteer here: http://www.iminkirklees.org.uk/makeadifference/libraryvolunteers/