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    HELPING OUT: Horsham Library support officer Karen Lyons is looking forward to working with Friends of the Libraries volunteers. Picture: WIMMERA LIBRARIES

Horsham Library calling for volunteer friends

Horsham Library’s Friends of the Libraries volunteer group is active and looking for eager participants.

Wimmera Libraries co-ordinator Sarah Wiesner said volunteers were invaluable to libraries and truly made a difference in what a library could offer the community.

“With volunteers working alongside our staff, we can hear directly from the community what they want and need from us,” she said.

“Aside from the physical help they provide, the information volunteers give us helps us to know we’re giving Horsham, Haven and surrounding communities what they need.

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“Volunteering is a wonderful kindness given to the library that we appreciate for exactly what it is, the people’s time invested in us to give back to everyone.”

Friends of the Libraries group opportunities include hosting early years programs such as Rhymetime and Storytime; Home Library Service delivery and support; fundraising opportunities and support; event hosting and assistance; and general as-needed volunteering.

Ms Wiesner said she was particularly looking forward to having volunteers for the Home Library Service delivery.

“Home delivery service is something we are always happy to provide, but it comes with challenges,” she said. “Home patrons enjoy the social interaction with our visiting librarians, but often, our staff must hurry back to the library to continue their customer service duties.

“With the help of volunteers, the service can become something more holistic, relaxed and personal, along with the regular delivery of books, audiobooks and other items.”

People wishing to volunteer for Friends of the Libraries can email, phone 5382 5707 or visit the team at McLachlan Street, Horsham.

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