Alton Library Club
The GAP Library Club started in 2010 and is held on the first Monday of each month in Alton's public library from 2pm — 4pm.
The library staff very kindly open the library especially for us so we can leisurely browse for books, enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit, share in conversation and listen to poetry and readings. Transport to and from the library is offered to Alton Residents with thanks the Alton Community Centre.
One Library Club Member gives a snapshot of what the afternoon means to those who come along:
Library club for older people is somewhere friends can talk especially those, like me, who live alone. Otherwise I might as well talk to the walls! We are always given such a warm welcome.
We all have a shared interest in books and can ask advice about books from the librarians.
My eyes have been opened to different authors others have recommended.
I probably wouldn't come to the library at all if it weren't for our club.
Two years ago Debbie invited me, as she thought it would be good for me, after my husband died. She was right and I have been coming ever since.
Many of us can only attend because transport is laid on.
The adventure begins when the mini bus picks us up. We have a laugh. Using the seat belts is a challenge as they aren't the most up to date! David is our chauffeur and he often takes us on a scenic route with lovely views of the hills and fields round the town. The country side looks so beautiful in the sun. I enjoy the journey as much as the club as it is a chance to see a different part of Alton.
We are very fortunate to be able to use the library when it is closed to the general public.
We all have a laugh and can make a noise at Library club! All of us feel a bit spoilt.
After we have changed our books we can ask the librarians and the volunteers for advice about what to chose next. There is a lovely section of big print books. They are happy to order books for us too and help us with the new self service machine.
When we have enjoyed our tea and biscuits, we listen to members who bring along a poem to read out loud. It is lovely to be read to and to read to others who want to listen. Often we are given a copy of a poem to take away after we have read it out loud together.
As we left one new comer said ' haven't we all had a good time!'. A regular replied ' we always do'.
Why don't you come and join us!
If anyone would like more information about the Library Club or transport please contact Kate Powell (the Anna Chaplain) on 07539 026546