Yorkshire library volunteers must be treasured – The Yorkshire Post says

THERE are a number of critics who continue to belittle the contribution that volunteers make to community libraries across the county.

Margaret Baynes, a volunteer at the Goathland Community Library, doing her knitting between customers.

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They’re wrong. And they should stop. Without such public spiritedness, the presence of libraries in North Yorkshire – and cities like Sheffield – would be even more diminished.

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It is simply not feasible for local councils to pay for full-time professional librarians at every remaining branch in the county, the desire of some.

Catherine Jenkinson is a volunteer at Goathland Community Library in North Yorkshire.

But it might be possible – in time – to persuade political leaders to invest in the service if use of branches to borrow books, access public information, utilise computers or host events increases.

And that means supporting those volunteers, backed up by paid library staff, who are giving time back to their local community, and also maintaining such high standards of services, in circumstances which are far from ideal.

Without them, this county would be all the poorer.

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