Fulbourn Library 19 December 2015
Information supplied by Halina Szutowicz
In the first two quarters of 2015 there had been just under 4,000 visitors to the library who borrowed almost 8,000 books. This is an increase on previous years. Also 54 new members joined the library. The Summer Reading Challenge was the most successful yet with 137 children signing up and 108 completing the challenge to read six books during the summer holidays. This is a much higher percentage than national figures and it is thought that this might be because a dedicated volunteer was offered to help every child.. There are currently 33 active volunteers helping with the library and its work. The George Culling ‘Author Talk’ in September was attended by 39 visitors and was well received. Two authors have been approached for talks in 2016. The Library Writing Group continues to meet and currently has eight members.
On a weekly basis, volunteers work one afternoon in the library when it is not open to catalogue donated books and ‘weed’ the shelves. Brand new books are purchased monthly with adult fiction selected from the Sunday Times best sellers lists and children’s books from recommended new publications, as well as taking note of suggestions from library readers. Storytime for the under sixes is the third Saturday of each month, read by a mixture of library volunteers and local parents. Coffee mornings and the Friends of Fulbourn Library Book Sales take place on the first Saturday of the month. An extra Christmas Coffee Morning with ‘Santa’s Book Sale’ is on Saturday 19 December from 10.00 to 12 noon, with refreshments including mince pies and biscuits and, it is hoped, some seasonal music. Do come.