A group of volunteers gathered on a Sunday afternoon to appreciate one another at the Big Valley Appreciation Tea held in their honour at the library on Oct. 23.

Big Valley Library celebrates its volunteers

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23 volunteers of all ages came together at the Big Valley Library over tea and cake to be appreciated for all...

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23 volunteers of all ages came together at the Big Valley Library over tea and cake to be appreciated for all the efforts and time they put in to library projects.

The library, which is integral to the Big Valley community has been in existence for over 25 years.

“We wanted to have a volunteer celebration for the many people who help make the library the wonderful place it is today,” said Cindy Mailer, one of the board members. “I am a trustee on the library board as well as a member of Friends of the Library, which has been in existence for about 10 years, and we just wanted to thank and show our appreciation for our volunteers.”

The library has had many volunteers with varied expertise, contributing to different projects and activities.

“Some volunteer as library clerks or pages, others volunteer their talents for programming, while others help in the upkeep and maintenance of the library,” added Mailer.

One of the library’s long-term members, Chris Countryman, has been involved with the library for about 10 years.

“Chris was a volunteer clerk, besides organizing many programs for the children all throughout the year,” Mailer said. “She was instrumental in creating the wifi park next to the library, planning it and planting the flowers with all the beautification and maintenance.”

According to Mailer, the library is a hub of activities in Big Valley.

“Not only do we offer all the services of the library, but we also provide many programs for the community,” she said. “Currently there are ukulele and painting groups that were started as library programs and now meets weekly at the Big Valley Train Station.”

Mailer also added that the library has a garden club, Sit ‘n Stitch and will be starting a genealogy group soon.

“We try and provide a variety of activities and programs for all age groups, and in the past have offered yoga class and craft nights,” Mailer said. “We also host a monthly book club.”

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