Get to know your Aura Librarians!

To finish #LibrariesWeek 2019, we spoke to some of our wonderful Aura librarians about their roles within the libraries and what they enjoy most about being a part of the Aura team.

This year’s theme for Libraries Week has been the role of libraries in the digital world. Click here to discover our online library catalogue, stocked full of reading materials and various e-resources.

Here is what our librarians had to say:

David Grieve:

Hello! I’m David and I run the Mobile Library service for Aura. The Mobile Library runs on a three weekly cycle: two weeks visiting small towns, villages and communities around the county, and a third week visiting schools and a couple of care homes. One of the things I enjoy most about my role is meeting people in the community who really appreciate the service that is offered: people who might not find it so easy to get to a static library and, to a certain extent, rely on the mobile service. It becomes a social activity and I feel that the community aspect is really important. It’s an opportunity for people to get out of the house, even if it’s only a few yards down the road.

One book I’m looking forward to reading is ‘Quichotte’ by Salman Rushdie; I’m a big fan of his works. Right now I’m reading ‘Once Upon a River’ by Diane Setterfield, I would certainly recommend it!

Liz Gilligan:

Hello! I’m Liz, I’m a library assistant based at Flint Library and I love my job! My favourite thing about my role is being a part of a team. Our libraries are not just individual branches, we work as a whole team as Aura Libraries. I love seeing the library grow and enjoy working at different branches. I really enjoy Rhymetime every week and have been able to incorporate Makaton which I am so excited about. I look forward to our “Chat About” monthly sessions at Flint Library where members of the community come to the library and talk about anything and everything. We have wonderful conversations, it’s a great supportive group.

My book recommendation would be ‘Why Mummy Drinks’ by Gill Simms. When I first read it I sat on the sofa and cried laughing. I would also recommend Claire Mackintosh and Paula Daily’s books.

Theo Chaddock:

Hello, I’m Theo, I’m a library assistant at Connah’s Quay Library. As a team, we try our best to create a good atmosphere in the library; everyone is so positive and upbeat. It’s great when people come in and experience that friendly atmosphere – I enjoy being a good part of someone’s day. On a weekly basis I run the “Learn my Way” IT course for beginners. I enjoy seeing people improve after just a few hours using the computer; it becomes such an important new skill for them. Seeing their confidence grow is amazing. The fact that we can offer that service for free is excellent and encourages people to think more positively about the impact of libraries in the community.

I would recommend Karl Pilkington’s travel books for some unique insights on the world.

Thank you to David, Liz and Theo for sharing their thoughts.

To contact your local library or to view the Mobile Library schedule, click here.

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