Our traditional Christmas Fayre shifted from morning to afternoon - this year it ran from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday November 24 (outside standard Library Service opening hours).
All the usual attractions of Father Christmas, refreshments and craft stalls, plus face-painting, children's craft, Elf's story-time, tombola and more were enjoyed by a good crowd. Our apologies for those who turned up early to find a "Closed" sign - hope the welcome inside once things got underway made up for this.
The change of timing was required because the space usually used (the Community Room) is now the Children's Library, while the old Children's Library space is now rented out every Saturday morning. Despite some minor hiccups, we feel having all three main spaces available was a benefit, and we also avoided any disruption to Library service as has been inevitable with previous Fayres held during "working" hours.
Many thanks to everyone who worked to make this event a success, and to all those who came along and enjoyed themselves. See you all next year!
National Libraries Week
What used to be Book Day or National Libraries Day is now National Libraries Week, and runs in October rather than February/March. We held an event celebrating books and libraries as part of this week, starting at 10:30am on Saturday October 13. As well as our usual refreshments there were quizzesfor adults and children, a book swap/sale stall, displays and information.
You can download a copy of the A4 poster here.
Macmillan Afternoon Tea
We held our usual Afternoon Tea on Friday September 28 to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of their World's Biggest Coffee Morning event, raising £100 for this excellent cause.
General Data Protection Regulations
The Friends' Data Policy was adopted at our AGM on September 29. You can download a copy for information.
Our gardeners were successful in applying for a Community Chest grant from the City Council. The funds have been used to improve the beds around the Library, to turn the small enclosed area at the back of the building into a pleasant seating area and to provide additional planting near the statue. Plants have been chosen, in part, to cope with the heavily-polluted air at this busy road junction, and should make a contribution to absorbing that pollution.
The free-standing courtyard walls were pressure-washed, and received a coat of masonry paint. The bricks are the London Rustic type with a wavy pattern, used in many Southampton buildings. Their surface detail means they used up far more paint than plain ones would have done!
Planters for the courtyard were bought from the Southampton Wood Recycling Project, and most of the plants came from Mayfield Nurseries.
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