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Life at the Library

Retired and have some spare time?
Why not volunteer?

Meet members of the Burngreave Library team who did just that throughout this issue.

If you’re interested in volunteering at Burngreave Library, just pop in and pick up an application form or call 0114 203 9002 for more information

Library volunteer Margaret Hill.

Life at the Library – Margaret Hill

“I was part of the Save the Burngreave Library Group and was always going to volunteer for at least one session per week! Since I was eight I wanted to be a Librarian after helping on Saturdays at Hillsborough Library. It’s brilliant being part of such a diverse and friendly team, although all the birthday cakes can be hard on my diet!”

Library volunteer Margaret Betts.Life at the Library – Margaret Betts

“I was an original member of the Save Burngreave Library group. I had some spare time and one of my friends was volunteering already and persuaded me to try it.

“I believe it has made me a more tolerant person and I have learnt to consider other people’s problems. I am also more confident using computers. The best thing is working with the lovely staff and meeting all the different types of people that use the library.”

Library volunteer Annie Blindell.Life at the Library – Annie Blindell

“I joined Burngreave Library to help keep the library open. It has been a good opportunity to work with interesting people and meet lots of Burngreave residents of all ages and backgrounds. The best thing about volunteering at the library are the Burngreave residents.”

Life at the Library – Martin Jordin

Library volunteer Martin Jordin.“I volunteered because I was retired and looking for something useful to do. Having been a library user all my life and having lived in Burngreave for forty years, helping keep the community library open seemed like the natural thing to do.

“I was amazed at the variety of different and interesting tasks there are here. A lot of the time I help people who don’t have the language or skills to find information. In fact, that’s probably the most rewarding work: you build up friendships volunteers and library users, from children to pensioners, and you get to see something of the real daily life of a multi-ethnic community.”

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