Volunteers appreciated

2018-12-18 06:01
Library staff and volunteers during the celebration.

Library staff and volunteers during the celebration.

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A gesture of appreciation was shown towards the Friends of the Wynberg Library on Friday 7 December.

Library staff hosted a thank-you event to acknowledge the role played by the Friends of the Library in making sure things run smoothly.

They were treated to a variety of dishes, music and live poetry.

The Friends do voluntary work at the library, from helping with sorting books to raising funds to support the numerous programmes run by the library.

The Friends of the Library have four full-time volunteers and several other part-time volunteers from the surrounding communities, all with the same interest of giving back and uplifting their community.

Among their ongoing projects they engage in throughout the year, are the book sale markets held on the first Saturday of the month and a knitting club taking place every Thursday.

Wynberg principal librarian Nadia Ismail says: “We hosted the event to thank the Friends and volunteers who have assisted the library in so many ways during the year.”

Margie Mossick, chairperson of the Friends of the Library, says it feels good to have their efforts recognised. She says they have been part of the library for years and it has not always been easy.

“More help is needed but we only encourage those who truly have free time – it could be those who have just left their day jobs or anyone who wants to give back to the community.”

She says volunteering at a library should be driven by a passion to go the extra mile to make a difference. “Giving back should not only be about money. In my world there is nothing worth more than time. Just spending a little bit of your time doing something good for others can fill a huge gap in one’s heart. I would like to encourage everyone to think about their nearest library and see what they can offer to improve things.”

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