LIBRARY STAFF ADOPT DONKEY – AND FOLLOW THE RED DUST ROAD…..
Staff at Upper Norwood library on Westow Hill have adopted a donkey named Timothy who lives at a sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.
The idea came from Jerry Savage, former local history librarian at the library when he was still working there.
During the Christmas period before he left Jerry suggested that, rather than staff “exchanging countless bits of cardboard as Christmas cards” they should make a donation to the Donkey Sanctuary.
“Some liked the idea, some preferred to stick with giving cards and some did both” recalled Jerry.
“After I left the library I realised the sanctuary had a sponsorship scheme and thought it would be nice for the staff to have a donkey that they adopted.
“My rationale was that when everyone is in great concern over the economic plight of the country it seems the animals are the one group that aren’t to blame and so support them.
“When I mentioned the proposal to one of my friends he said ‘Hoping you’re not going to make an ass of yourself.’
“Calling in from time to time at the library I’m aware the staff there have done a fantastic job of keeping the library going with greatly reduced numbers.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: News From Crystal Palace have been asked to point out that when the library staff adopted Timothy he had ALREADY been given the name by the Donkey Sanctuary and that he has NOT been named after Croydon council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport…..Cllr Timothy Godfrey.
AND FOLLOW THE RED DUST ROAD…..
Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay Is the Upper Norwood Library Book Club’s chosen read on Saturday (27th September) 2.30 – 3.30 pm.
The Library book club meets one Saturday a month to dissect and debate a book over a hot cuppa and a baked goodies, everyone is welcome.
The Bookseller Crow on Westow Street is supporting the library by offering £1 off the price of the paperback edition of the chosen book. Readers need only mention the Upper Norwood Library Book Club and show their library card to benefit.
Next month’s book choice will be Something Might Happen by Julie Myerson and the Book Club will meet on Saturday 25th October at 2.30 – 3.30pm at the library on Westow Hill.