Volunteers celebrate 20 years of library at home service

Jenny Johns, far left, with library at home volunteers.

Jenny Johns, far left, with library at home volunteers. - Credit: Archant

A dedicated group of volunteers who have given more than 20 years to East Cambridgeshire’s library at home service held a ceremony last week to mark the milestone.

The service is run by a band of 35 volunteers and a ceremony was held in Ely library last Friday to celebrate their work, with many having volunteered their time since the service was founded in 1995.

Jennie Johns, the library at home co-ordinator, said: “We have about 50 service users in East Cambs and they average about six books a month each, so we deliver hundreds of books every month.

“Family and crime sagas have always been the most popular with readers, as have books on nostalgia and history. We keep people going with their reading and provide a point of contact for them too. We also offer audio, CDs and large print books.”

Library at home is a free service and also operates in Fenland, Cambridge and Huntingdonshire.

The volunteer ceremony began at 1.30pm and featured a speech from Leslie Cutherbert, of Care Network UK.

The library at home service is keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer. For more information, visit Ely library or call Mrs Johns on 01353 616169.