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The Summer Reading Programme for the children has started and Roz informs me it is ‘going to be just fabulous’ and I have no doubt she is right.  Emma and Roz are running the programme together this year as we no longer have the lovely Janet (she escaped to Masterton Library earlier in the year!).  This year the theme is ‘Wild about reading’ and as you can imagine the check-in pod will be alive with the mysteries and atmosphere of the jungle.  We have a limited number of places so register now to ensure your child can join in the fun. 

Carrying on reading over the summer does help to ensure that a child’s reading level doesn’t drop from one school year to the next.  Children from 2 to 13 can join although the little ones will need some help from an adult.  Other news is the wind up for this year of the preschool reading session will be on Tuesday 12th December. 

The Book Babies session will start at 10, as usual, and will have a special visitor around 10.30 and finish by 11.  So plan to be with us for a bit longer than usual to enjoy the wonderful morning Richmel has organised. 

The Friends of Martinborough Library have a get together on the morning of the 7th December at the library – if you are a Friend and have not received an invite please let me know and if you want to join the Friends, please see me.  I look forward to seeing some of you then.  My thanks to the Friends for all your support over the last year.   Also, a big thank you to my lovely volunteers, Maureen, Mary, Brian and Ronnie without whom many tasks would remain undone and our kitchen would be a health hazard!   

Richmel and I have been somewhat struggling since Janet left us and we know that you will all be wondering what is happening with the new faces and staff changes you have seen so I will bring you up to speed.  We brought Aaron in to replace Janet, however he was offered an amazing job in the US and left us a few months after starting. 

We have run out of time this year to go through the hiring process again to find a permanent replacement afternoon staff member and are training Jackie (Jax) and Kathy to help us in the interim – both are real assets to the library.  Victoria helps me all day on Wednesday and you will see Ronnie when we need extra help.   Please bear with us until we can start the hiring process again in the New Year.  
That’s about it for now except to let you know what is happening over the festive season.  The library hours have now been decided by the Chief Executive at the Council and we will close at 12 midday on Friday 22nd December and re-open at 9.30 on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.  Ooh, it is frightening putting 2018 – where did that year go!  

Have a lovely Christmas everyone from all of us at the Library, don’t stress and be kind to each other.  Shirley

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