Knitters give libraries festive makeovers

Knit and Natter members Jeannette Mills, Shirley Manes, Carol Newton and Valerie Penrose-Lock

Knit and Natter members Jeannette Mills, Shirley Manes, Carol Newton and Valerie Penrose-Lock - Credit: Archant

A knitting circle has helped give two of the region's libraries festive new looks, by producing a pair of Christmassy displays.

Members of Knit and Natter, a group based in West Earlham, have put their hobby to good use, by knitting colourful displays for libraries in West Earlham and Tuckswood.

The group, which has been meeting at West Earlham Library for six years, has knitted Christmas trees, stars and festive messages, proudly displayed on the walls of the library.

Carol Newton, Knit and Natter member and a regular volunteer at the library, said: 'We first discussed making a display in January and everybody in the group has been working hard and chipping in to make the display.

'We wondered how it would turn out, and we're really chuffed. It's really nice for us to be able to give the children who visit the libraries something that hasn't been bought; something that has been made.'

She added: 'This library is a wonderful place to volunteer. It is so many things to so many people, and whatever I give, I get more back. It's very rewarding.'

Janet Cunningham, library manager, added: 'The display is wonderful and has become quote a talking point in the library. People are very curious about it and how it got there, and having something like this helps to get more people involved.

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'It's also amazing that we have volunteers like Carol, who offer so much. They help to add an extra element to the services on offer at the service.'

The Knit and Natter group also hold craft sessions at the library, sharing their expertise with visiting children, while West Earlham Library also hosts various different events such as coffee mornings and bounce and rhyme sessions.

Mrs Cunningham added: 'In recent years, libraries have become so much more than just places to borrow books. It's fantastic that things like this help us act as a central community hub, offering so many different things.

'We always welcome new volunteers to help us make these sorts of thing happen more often.'

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