I grew up with Sheffield City Libraries. I lived at Millhouses and we went up to Ecclesall Library; I spent most of my Saturdays in Ecclesall Library. Because I'd grown up in a house full of books I just devoured them all through childhood... I became a librarian, so I worked for Sheffield City Libraries through the 70s, starting off at Totley branch. Then I was in the school library, in the basement of the Central building, then I was in the mobile – which was how I got to know this area, going on the service round the farms. That was interesting in the snow, we'd always have to have a shovel. People got a very personal service, because they'd let us know what sort of books they wanted and we chose them, did them a parcel of books to last them a month. Gradually it was found that service couldn't carry on. But while I was with the mobile, they started the house bound service. Both my mum and dad and my mother-in-law used that, so they were very grateful... Then I was a Central children's librarian until about 1980 – that was good fun... I went through a period of not really using the library much, until my girls were old enough – so it was mainly for them, until I got time to come back. Now I come mainly to borrow audiobooks... I came to reading group about 10 years ago, mainly because I wanted to do something just for me. I was busy, I was a carer and I was working as well, doing voluntary work and training. I felt I needed to start doing things that were just for my benefit, for me to enjoy. So I came to the group – partly the love of reading and partly the social aspect.
Name: Penny (former library worker)
Story shared in conversation with Stannington Library's reading group, May 2015.