Carol works at both Hove and Mile Oak Libraries and is keen to encourage customers to use their local library. Libraries regularly run art and craft activities for children and Carol noticed how much parents enjoyed helping their children with theses activities. Carol is an experienced card maker and knitter and after talking to customers she began to run card making workshops in Mile Oak Library, soon colleagues in nearby libraries heard about it and asked Carol to run workshops in their libraries. Carol has now run about 15 card making workshops.
Carol was then asked to start a drop in knitting group at Hove Library, which was so successful that it was decided to run the group every Thursday morning. The group is sociable and participants share skills and have now created a garden tapestry which is on display at the Hove Library. Carol has also been teaching her colleagues to knit at lunchtime and has begun to learn how to crochet!
As a result of her enthusiasm and effort, Carol was nominated by her manager for a Brighton & Hove City Council GMB Learning Award, which was presented to her by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex on 6th November.
Julie O’Neil – Library Community Engagement Manager