Community Managed Libraries Forum says thank you to instrumental leader

Following a review of the library service more than five years ago, Dorset County Council established eight community managed libraries, as part of the libraries network. The community managed libraries, which are run by volunteers, were set up with resource input from the county council and designed to help more rural libraries to continue running.

David Smith from Wool community played an important lead role in the early discussions by representing the interests of the communities, particularly with regard to the resource input. His contribution has been instrumental in the successful set up and running of the libraries, particularly in Wool.

At a recent meeting of the Community Managed Libraries Forum, Cllr Deborah Croney, the County Council’s Cabinet member for Economy, Education, Skills and Learning was pleased to acknowledge the work David has done and thanked him for his involvement as he stepped down from the role.

David Smith front row seated. Cllr Deborah Croney standing far right. Sue Kerr, Fowl Chair, standing behind

Clr Croney said:

“David has given a significant commitment to the development of the community managed libraries in Dorset. The fact that there are eight libraries being successfully run by local communities five years on is partly due to the leadership, passion and constructive input from David, representing these communities. In addition, David has been keen to make sure that the knowledge and experience of this type of library in Dorset are shared with other groups nationally.”

David added:

“Dorset’s community managed library model has evolved over the past five years. It’s been a lot of hard work and a real learning-curve, but both the communities and the county council have got it right together.”

For more information on library services, news and events in your area please visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/libraries

DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS 2018

We keep a database of all registered paid up Members of the Friends of Wool Library (FOWL) which contains contact information to enable us to communicate with you about library activities, social events and formal meetings such as the AGM.

Due to changes in Data Protection legislation coming into to force on 25 May 2018, we now need your explicit permission to hold and use this information. Permission slips are available in the library and if you have not already done so, please complete and return one as soon as possible stating whether or not you consent to your personal information being held and used by us for the stated purposes.

What data is stored? Any of the following where you have supplied it:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone Number(s)
    • Email address

What is the data used for?

    • To maintain a register of Members
    • To notify you of library related activities and formal meetings
    • To alert you to any changes which may affect your use of the library 

The data is not and will not be used for any purpose other than those stated. We are committed to safeguarding your personal information and we will take appropriate steps to secure the information we hold about you .It will not in any circumstance be shared with a third party without your written consent.

How long is the data held for?

    • Data will be held as long as you are a subscribing Member. It will be deleted six months after 31 March of any year where you have not renewed

How can I ask for changes?

    • By enquiring in the library.

You can:

    • Ask to see the data we hold about you
    • Request any changes to the data
    • Ask that your record be deleted

Wool Children Make Documentary

As part of the Summer Reading Challenge and its associated activities, Wool Community Library organised two video workshops to help five young patrons of Wool Community Library  make their own short documentary film about the Challenge. The children, aged from 10 to 14, operated the camera, recorded the sound and interviewed each other, as well as other patrons to explain how the Challenge works and why they were taking part.

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual scheme, run by libraries throughout Britain, to encourage children to explore the world of books during their summer holidays. All they need to do is sign up at their local library and read 6 library books of their choice  while they collect stickers and other rewards along the way. It's all completely free and it doesn't stop when Summer is over. Children can now keep track of their reading,find new books to red, take part in competitions and play games all year round on the Summer Reading Challenge website (http://www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk)

This summer in Wool, 96 children signed up for the Challenge and ,by the end of September, 81 of these had completed it - an outstanding achievement for one of the smallest Community-Managed Libraries in Dorset, for which the volunteer lead  for the Friends of Wool Library for the Challenge, Chris Whish, can be rightly proud.

The childrens' film about the Challenge was edited for them by professional film-maker, Andrew Kerr who said, "All the children grasped the essentials very quickly. they understood the importance of steady camera work, of eliciting good information from the interviews and of complementing the facts with pictures. I was genuinely impressed"

An even warmer welcome to Wool Community Library

Great news.! There is an even warmer welcome to Wool Community Library with the installation of 3 new wall heaters which will keep you warm and cosy while you choose your books , use the free Public Access computers or just browse and chat to friends during these chilly winter months.

Funded jointly by the Parish Council, , D'Urberville Centre Management Committee and the Friends of Wool Library, the heaters are the latest improvement to the facility since the Library became community managed and volunteer-run. Heating in the Parish Clerk's Office has also been upgraded as part of the Scheme.

Shortly the loft space above will be insulated so that less of the precious heat will escape.!

Even more delightful is that the Library has received a festive makeover. Volunteers were hard at work on Sunday 1 December decorating the library with an appropriately Christmassy theme. Why not drop in and see for yourselves.?

Welcome to the new improved Library

Tuesday 10 September saw the Library open with a brand new look thanks to the new shelving we bought with the generous grant from Synergy. Volunteers worked all over the weekend to relocate books and make the library easier to use.

 

 As we reopened for business at 3 pm, Heather Watson, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Panel for Synergy was introduced by Chairman of FOWL Trustees, David Smith and symbolically cut a pink ribbon in front of an audience of volunteers and library users.

Users were immediately impressed by the new features, the clearer layout, the increased light,  the space to move about and voted it a "big improvement"

Come and see for yourselves. We are sure you will like it.! 

World Book Night Celebration Revisited

As we near our  six months of the Friends of Wool Library managing Wool Community Library, we are pleased to be able to revisit the celebration of our first 100 days in charge which was held on 23 April , World Book Night, courtesy of the short film made of the event.

For those of you who were unable to join us on the day, you can share the enjoyment of a splendid and historic occasion. Those of you who packed the hall on the day, relive the moment. It is a fine memento produced by talented and skilful members of the Friends.

 

World Book Night Poster

Lord Lieutenant's complimentary and inspiring words

The Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs. Anthony Pitt-Rivers kindly visited the Friends of Wool Celebration event on 23 April ,met volunteers and unveiled  the new permanent sign for the Wool Community Library. A number of people have asked if the text of her address to the large gathering in the D'Urberville Hall could be made available and so, with her kind permission it is printed below.

" What could be a better, on 23 April – a particularly British Day of Celebration, to mark the 1st 100 days of your Community Library here in Wool.  And to hold this event as part of World Book Night, is even better, when thousands of volunteers will be distributing around half a million books books all over the country to encourage people who may not read – or have access – to books to open one, possibly for the first time …..& discover a new world.

I am delighted you have invited me to be with you for such a special occasion & think you have done brilliantly to make such progress in re-inventing your Library in less than 2 years. 

What you have done here for your community will inspire, give pleasure &, I hope, encourage the curiosity of existing & potential readers of all ages.  And I am so pleased that some of your celebrations this afternoon involve children & encourage them to read, know & use their library, now & in the future.  

My husband was taught to read by his mother, And, when she read to him, she always stopped at a crucial & exciting point in a story, so to know what happened next  he had to learn to read it for himself - & I don`t think he`s ever stopped reading since! 

One of the most heartening things about your project is that it has come about due to some very dedicated volunteers.  

And, how would this  & so many other vital parts of our lives, function without Volunteers?  They are the backbone of our Society & without them a lot of things would not function very well – or most likely not happen at all - & this obviously has been, & will continue to be, the case here.  

And I do hope your young people, the future readers in Wool, will learn from your example & understand the value of voluntary work & remember that to do things & give time to help others who may be less fortunate than themselves is a very good way of conducting their lives. 

So to end I should like to wish you all continuing success & much joy from your Library & don`t forget that there is something very exciting about a room full of books & you would not get half as much pleasure & satisfaction from a room full of Kindles – though of course they do have their place in society – but, as Martin Tupper said ….. A Good Book is the best of Friends, the same today & for ever………& if you want to know who Martin Tupper was ---- look him up in the library "

 

The signs they are a-changing

Installing the new sign

The Friends of Wool Library duly took over the management of a revamped Wool Community Library on Tuesday 15 January after Friends Chairman, David Smith received the keys from County Council Chief Executive, Debbie Ward.

David and Debbie are pictured here holding the new Library sign in place for fixing immediately  after the removal of the former County Council sign had been taken down. They posed for this shot for photographer Peter Green who then put down his camera and completed the job with his drill/screwdriver.

The first duty team of volunteers  opened the doors at 3 pm for the inaugural session under the new management. The team of  Chris Whish, Jenny Villis and Colin Cooper got down to business under the watchful eye of Volunteer Co-ordinator, Christine Reber and Community Library Liaison Officer,Petra Peters.

Several well-wishers dropped in. Both they and the early library users praised the face-lift that the volunteer make-over team had  achieved since Dorset Library Service had closed the doors on its last session the previous Saturday.

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