Well, there’s no surprise really that L is for library.
On Friday 12th September, Honiton Library, the library for which I am supervisor, was 40 years old.
This was no mean feat as when it was built all those years ago, the councillors all thought it would only see the town through 20 years!
Mind you, it has only lasted the 40 because the staff and the use of the building has adapted over time.
We have a tenant in the Citizens Advice Bureau and have a whole host of local groups and charities using our space and it makes you feel quite proud that they want to be a part of what we have.
We are going through a public consultation at the moment and we don’t really know what the next stage of the library service will be so I wanted to do something that we could celebrate and look forward to.
Our Friends group have been raising money for some author events as well as a party for staff, ex-staff and people from various agencies who have supported us over those past years.
We started last Monday with a visit and talk from author Veronica Henry.
We all loved her last book and were busy recommending it to everyone else.
She was fab. Really interesting. She talked about her writing and how she started off her career and how it had evolved over time. I learnt loads about her and her writing process. We were lucky to get her too as she was off at the end of the week to France for a residential writing course.
Then on Friday we had the party.
It was great. It started with fish and chips for tea with Brenda as she didn’t have time to go home first either. Very nice.
The staff didn’t really know who was coming and I wasn’t just being self controlling by not getting them to help. I wanted them to be guests and not have to move things and serve drinks for once. I had the Friends for that!
We had a gorgeous cake made by The Farway Cake Fairy who happens to be one of my favourite library users too. I only told her the basics of what I wanted but she did us proud.
I didn’t take as many photos as I wanted to as I was busy hosting but I’ll add some of Rachel’s later. We had a raffle in honour of Jenny, the librarian before me as she was famous for her raffles and competitions.
We raised £42 for the new Honiton Hospicecare Day Centre that’s being built around the corner from the library. A very big Thank You to everyone there.
The next thing is a visit and talk from author Graham Hurley on Wednesday.
He’ll be selling his books too so I hope that goes well.
The Friends are paying for all of our author visits so that tickets can be free as a Thank You to the Honiton library users.
Fingers crossed for Wednesday.