Thank goodness for the arrival of the merry month of May. In this bulletin, we can be a bit more hopeful than in the last few months.
The big news for the centre is that, at last, we have a semblance of normality back.
The past year of pandemic has been difficult for all; and, on top of that, as many of you will also be aware, we have had some major internal construction work being done, in the form of a new gas heating system, which has only just been completed.
However, now we can properly open again.
On two days a week, people are once again welcome inside the doors of the library-centre. Our doors are again open to the public on Tuesdays & Fridays 9.30am-2.30pm – for Drop-Off of books, ‘Order & Collect’, Grab Bags of books and Managed Browsing.
You can once again use the computers (though you must book ahead) and there is now a special study-space, with PC, for students. And the printers are again usable.
But, we will still have to be COVID-compliant, for the sake of our volunteers and all. So – please be a little more patient with us than usual; it is worth it. For a full run-down of our COVID strategies, please click here.
The next item on our agenda will be the safe return of parent & child activities. We know what we want to do, but everything has to be right first, of course.
As part of that plan for the future we have a vacancy for a Part-time Play Facilitator to help set up our revised playgroup on Monday mornings. For details of the role, please click here – please get any application in by Friday (7th May).
‘Stay and Play’ will not be returning in its old form, partly because Sharon, the real rock of inspiration behind ‘Stay & Play’, is moving on after five years of commitment. Thank you so much Sharon!
(Thankfully, Sharon is not leaving, but just taking a side step into supporting Care & Fun and the Blythe Centre in other ways).
Nevertheless, the Care & Fun Charity, that runs the centre, remains utterly committed to supporting local families. Watch this space!
Still in place
Just a reminder that certain concessions introduced at the start of the pandemic are still in place, including the fact that there are still no overdue charges for the late return of items.
Also, we continue to offer our Home Reader service. Anyone who is physically unable to visit a library can have books, audio books and music delivered to their home by library-volunteers or, alternatively, have items collected from the library for them by a friend or relative. Members on the home-reader list are not charged for borrowing or requesting books, audio-books or music.
Computers for all
Finally, you may be one of those people who learned to love your computer in the last year – and may be thinking of upgrading now.
Well – don’t throw away your old computer or tablet: donate it instead!
The county Libraries Service is working with the Community Foundation for Staffordshire on the Donate-It project, which aims to provide recycled I.T. equipment to local people who can’t afford it. Such equipment is vital nowadays for people who need to learn, apply for jobs, access health services, and indeed to reduce loneliness.
What do we need? Here are some examples: laptops (with charger); tablets; keyboards; and any type of mouse.
Just drop them off; we’ll do the rest.
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