On 1st September your library was formally handed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council over to Wenvoe Community Library Ltd and we signed a Licence to Occupy the Library building with the Community Council. One sentence of text, but it was the culmination of 18 months of hard work. We are now running the Library with fantastic volunteer effort plus some professional support from the Vale Library Service.
As we have said here before, our initial aim is to retain the existing opening hours, build up our understanding of how to operate the library, and increase the number of volunteers. Every session presents new situations and all the users have been very understanding, for which we thank them.
Our volunteers are all local and ages range from 16 to post-retirement age. The Duke of Edinburgh Award and Welsh Baccalaureate require youngsters to undertake community work, which may help with Saturdays. Not everybody has to be computer literate, though a good knowledge of the alphabet seems to be highly valuable. If you are interested in volunteering with us, come to the library and give us your details… it's actually fun and sociable with all the training provided in the library.
Children from the primary school regularly visit the library and were set the challenge of coming up with a logo. The winning design was then made into an electronic image and will become familiar in all our notices. It is distinctive and encapsulates so much of the thinking about how the library and books can be at the heart of the community and appeal to everyone at some level.
We are continuing to sell "Withdrawn from Stock" library books as well as a small selection of books from the donations received by the Friends of Wenvoe Library.
If you have not yet joined the library you can still come and collect a Vale of Glamorgan Library Card and use it at any library in the Vale. Sign up to internet access and you can browse the catalogue, reserve and renew books from the comfort of your own home as well as on the dedicated computer in the library. There is also access to downloadable audio books and magazines.
It was great to see so many people come to support the Friends of Wenvoe Library on a very wet day at the beginning of September and we are grateful for the money raised.
Please come and visit…