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Cheque Presentation to HCL
Emma Foster

The AGM of Haddenham Community Library was held on Thursday, 9th July, and Chairman Steve Sharp was able to celebrate another highly successful year. He gave sincere thanks to the Library sponsors, the large team of volunteers and to the staff for their vital contributions.

Library Manager, Emma Foster explained that the library had increased footfall in the last year with 38,638 visits to the library, 30,711 books issued, 2,366 reservations placed and 160 new borrowers.

She was also delighted to describe the wide range of activities that had been run during the year by the library including knitting for children; computer taster sessions (65 in total, 54 more than any other community library); family history sessions with Eve McLaughlin; Knit and Natter; 'Cops and Coffee' surgeries with PCSO Sue Jones; children's story time; the Lego Club (run by three Duke of Edinburgh Award students and attracting 555 children over 7 months); and the craft club (run by teenagers, and attracting 579 children over the same period). These clubs, which are run by young volunteers, have added fantastic value to HCL. New volunteers are needed to run these activities as the current volunteers move on.

Haddenham Community Library has strong links with the primary schools in Haddenham, Stone, Cuddington and Dinton and staff are currently working with them on the Summer Reading Challenge. This starts at the end of term and encourages children to read six books in the holidays with rewards including a presentation at a school assembly. The Library is also looking to build closer links with Lord Williams' School and working with Rotary to provide careers help and business courses.

Donation by Haddenham Screen

Roger Rickard, Chairman of Haddenham Screen, explained that the cinema club was set up as a partnership with Haddenham Community Library, which acts as the box office for the club. Films are shown with the benefit of wonderful projection and sound equipment in the Youth and Community Centre. So far, seven films had been presented in the first season (one was a repeat) and four of these had been sell-outs. It was hoped these audience figures will continue next season when slightly more adventurous films will be offered. (The first film will be the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Tuesday 8th September.)

Roger thanked all of the volunteers who had run the box office in the Library and also for the support given by the Library staff. He also thanked Haddenham Fete and the Beer Festival for their financial support in helping to set Haddenham Screen up in the first place.

Roger was able to donate to the library the DVDs which had now been shown during the cinema club's first season and a cheque for £750.00.

HCL Chairman, Stephen Sharp, thanked Roger and also the committee of Haddenham Screen for their hard work and for the donation to the Library. The partnership is a great success.

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