What are your memories of the library when you were a child? In a special weekend blog, Carol poses this question to you, lets you into her history with Nuneaton Library and tells you a bit more about what goes on in our libraries for Libraries Week
I was 4yrs old when my Dad took me to Nuneaton Library to join. It was the mid-sixties (yes I really am that old) and it has been a huge part of my life ever since. I was given 3 green cardboard tickets and an amazing choice of books to choose from. I felt so grown up going to the ‘lady’ at the desk to have my books stamped. The first book I chose was an ‘Ant and Bee’ book which I pretended to read over and over again. Going to the library regularly was an important part of my life growing up.
When I was sixteen and doing my A levels, I became a Saturday assistant at Nuneaton Library. We had no computers then but a system called photo charging in the Adult Library and the Browne card system to issue books in the Children’s Library. After A levels I left to do something else but eventually went back to the library in a full-time role and have been here ever since.
There have been lots of changes over the years including the introduction of technology which has not only vastly improved access to the books but also improved lives by enabling us to provide vital IT services for our customers.
I’ve never underestimated the impact we have on people’s lives. The grandad who years later told me how important libraries are remembering how I’d helped his granddaughter with her school project and how she’d just graduated from university. The parents bringing their children to the library telling me how they remember me doing story times when they were children. The thanks I received recently for listening to someone talk about their grief at losing their partner during their bus pass appointment.
We are here for you at any stage in your life. For books and much more. And of course it’s come full circle for me – we’ve just received copies of a new publication of ‘Ant and Bee’ books. Who’d have thought it!