Goathland gathering for library’s birthday

Goathland library outlet will celebrate its first year of providing an essential service to the community next month.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 12:45 pm
Goathland library outlet volunteers Jean Stanford, June Hunter, Brenda Lealman, County Council outreach librarian Heather French, Keith Thompson, David Hardwick; (front) Jean Collins, Cath Jenkinson, Carole Hardwick.

Volunteers at the library are inviting new and existing customers to join them on Wednesday, December 11 for a sprinkle of Christmas cheer.

Coffee and mince pies will be served between 2.30pm and 4pm at the celebration.

Local school children are regular visitors to the library and will take part in the anniversary celebration.

Many of them undertook this year’s Summer Reading Challenge through the library outlet.

North Yorkshire County Council’s library service worked with volunteers who were setting up the library in Goathland Community Hub and since one year ago to that day an enthusiastic group of volunteers has been running the library every Wednesday, from 10am to 4pm.

The Hub’s chair of Trustees Keith Thompson said: “Opening the library a year ago achieved one of the main goals behind the development on the Hub, which opened in 2017.

“It is an essential service and lots of people in the community use it. It is important that they can access these services where they live.

“Most of the people on the team of volunteers are retired and I think this helps to give many of them a sense of community and purpose.

“All credit goes to Cath Jenkinson, who leads the volunteers, and the people who give their time freely for the benefit of the community.”

The volunteers have been supported by the County Council’s library service, which provides a plentiful supply of books, with the stock being changed regularly, and by the County Council’s Stronger Communities programme, which contributed £14,500 to the Goathland Community Hub development and almost £1,000 towards shelving and lighting for the library.

Chrys Mellor, the County Council’s Libraries general manager, said: “We’re delighted at see the volunteers in Goathland celebrating their first successful year and are pleased to have been able to support them with a collection of books that is regularly refreshed from library stock.

“This success confirms how libraries are loved and valued by our communities and that people are willing to make the commitment to helping them continue to flourish.”

Volunteer co-ordinator Cath Jenkinson said: “It has been a really successful year and all the volunteers have absolutely loved running their new library. We have members of all ages, from nine months to 94 years.

“The book stock is changed on a regular basis to give variety to everyone.

“Word is spreading beyond the village and children from the local school visit and borrow books regularly.

“Brian, a regular library user, is even baking a special chocolate cake for our party.”

Other benefits have arisen from the opening of the library, among them a jigsaw club, which includes a community jigsaw within the library that anyone can help to complete.

Another development is a computing course that will start in January, run by the County Council’s adult learning and skills service.

This will be ideal for people who are new to computers and those who want to update their skills.