Barnet Borough Council volunteers awarded

This Is Local London: Sadie Allen and Matthew Hibbett with Cllr Rams and Mayor Cohen Sadie Allen and Matthew Hibbett with Cllr Rams and Mayor Cohen

Hundreds of bookworms have been rewarded for volunteering at libraries across the borough over the past year.

They were thanked as part of a Celebration Event at Barnet Borough Council’s offices, in the North London Business Park, in Oakleigh Road South.

Aged between 14 and 86, the volunteers have collectively provided a total of 2,744 hours to assist staff in libraries in the last year.

Matthew Hibbett, 14, said: “I became a volunteer last summer and enjoyed helping the young children learn to read. I took part in the reading challenge when I was their age and it was nice to be able to help.”

The oldest volunteer to be commended was 86-year-old Sadie Allen.

Mayor Councillor Melvin Cohen, cabinet member for access and partnerships Cllr Robert Rams and cabinet member for education Cllr Reuben Thompstone presented them with certificates.

The volunteering programme has been supported by Volunteer Centre Barnet and recognised by the national volunteering association Experts in Volunteering and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

Cllr Rams said: “This was a wonderful event once more. It was great to see so many people giving up their time to support our wonderful library service. I am so pleased that this event has become an annual occurrence and I hope to see many of the people who attended at the event next year.”

 

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2:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Another churnalist good news story on behalf of the Tory party. Marvellous to see our local library and museum closer Robert Rams smiling so cheerfully. And these volunteers are well meaning, and good sports, but they are unintentionally being used to replace professional library services.
Another churnalist good news story on behalf of the Tory party. Marvellous to see our local library and museum closer Robert Rams smiling so cheerfully. And these volunteers are well meaning, and good sports, but they are unintentionally being used to replace professional library services. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog

5:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

So, “Hundreds of bookworms have been rewarded”.

Personally I would eradicate them rather than reward them. Since a bookworm infestation can destroy every book in a library, my own proposal is to fumigate the whole collection with hydrogen cyanide.

However, if just a few books have so far been infested, they can be fumigated in an airtight container either with a mix of ethylene oxide and carbon dioxide or with cotton wool soaked in ether. A chemical-free, eco-friendly solution is to put the books in a freezer for week.
So, “Hundreds of bookworms have been rewarded”. Personally I would eradicate them rather than reward them. Since a bookworm infestation can destroy every book in a library, my own proposal is to fumigate the whole collection with hydrogen cyanide. However, if just a few books have so far been infested, they can be fumigated in an airtight container either with a mix of ethylene oxide and carbon dioxide or with cotton wool soaked in ether. A chemical-free, eco-friendly solution is to put the books in a freezer for week. Edgar de Jarnac

6:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Barnet Parker says...

I have my doubts about the veracity of this article. 'Hundreds' suggest that at the very least there are over 200 library volunteers in Barnet. Can this really be true when we only have 14 libraries.

Now look at this link;
http://www.barnet.go
v.uk/news/article/18
7/residents_thanked_
for_over_3_000_volun
teering_hours
This is a press release from Barnet Council's website dated November 2012. It praises the 136 library volunteers that had managed 3,526 hours in a year - around 750 more than the current 'hundreds' of volunteers.

Are the current crop of volunteers really that lazy. No I'm sure these well meaning folk do their best. I just suspect that they number less than 'hundreds'. Sometimes it's hard to trust the word of a used museum salesman.
I have my doubts about the veracity of this article. 'Hundreds' suggest that at the very least there are over 200 library volunteers in Barnet. Can this really be true when we only have 14 libraries. Now look at this link; http://www.barnet.go v.uk/news/article/18 7/residents_thanked_ for_over_3_000_volun teering_hours This is a press release from Barnet Council's website dated November 2012. It praises the 136 library volunteers that had managed 3,526 hours in a year - around 750 more than the current 'hundreds' of volunteers. Are the current crop of volunteers really that lazy. No I'm sure these well meaning folk do their best. I just suspect that they number less than 'hundreds'. Sometimes it's hard to trust the word of a used museum salesman. Barnet Parker

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