Wheathampstead Community Library has now been operating for many months as an entirely community run organisation and its success has been recognised by our village and the Herts Library Service. With over 45 volunteers it is able to run the standard opening hours, but it has also started to provide some new initiatives.
Volunteers now run Baby Rhyme Time (Thursdays 10.30 – 11.00am) and Toddler Time (Mondays 2.30 – 3.00pm) – this is designed for young mums who can come before picking up their older children from Primary School.
Both these groups are flourishing. Also Knit, Natter and Know (KNK) runs from 10am to 12 noon on a Wednesday and on the third Friday of the month runs a special event for people wishing to learn a new craft – the November session was about making decorated lights and the session this month is on simple flower arranging. The group is currently reading Graham Greene’s ‘Travels with my Aunt’.
These are all run by volunteers and the level of support would suggest that they are offering a useful service to the community. Five more volunteers are currently being trained and there are also five participants in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme working in the library.
Your library is a great community resource; as well as fulfilling its basic functions of providing a lending service for books and magazines and the facility of being able to use computers and a printer. The on-going book sale is raising funds which are ploughed back into the library which is becoming a community resource that Wheathampstead can be proud of.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 2pm – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm.