“I have been a volunteer at Warlingham Library for nearly 10 years – those years have flown by! I was a stay-at-home mum looking for something to do while my son was at school. I remember reading in the CR6 Magazine that the future of my local library was under threat unless volunteers stepped in to help run it. I feel really passionate about the importance of libraries to the local community and immediately put my name down to help.

While volunteering, I felt a need to work on making the Children’s Library and its book stock more appealing, especially to reluctant readers. I want all children to develop a love of reading like I did as a child. I try and keep up with the latest books and trends – the Minecraft books I ordered are very popular!

I have been made to feel so welcome and appreciated by the other members of staff, volunteers and customers. I get a lot out of volunteering and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to do something worthwhile in their local community. Even my son was a Young Volunteer!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Tina Picanza (librarycoordinator@warlingham-pc.gov.uk) for more information.

I would encourage all people in the local area to visit the library and see what we have to offer – it is much more than just books!”

Tanya applied for and achieved the paid role of Senior Library Assistant working alongside Nikki Grossi at the library – so you will definitely see a lot more of her – Tanya started in September so CR6 readers are encouraged to pop in and say hello – and of course we now have a vacancy for her volunteering slot!