As others are facing going back to work and school after the long summer break, I retired from the library service after 30+ years.
My first job was as a trainee at Kings Lynn library, a Carnegie library that resembles a red brick castle .
After 2 years at Ealing Tech at library school, my first professional post was as Aylesbury Urban Mobile librarian, a van that stopped for 2 or 3 hours in the estates and local larger villages. I sweltered through 1976 before progressing to the Schools Library Service as Secondary Librarian. I managed to visit all the secondary schools in Bucks before the council decided money needed to be saved and I was out of a job.
At 22 I was too young to be a branch librarian really, but was redeployed to Princes Risborough , a library in a medieval building in a tiny side street, with a beautiful garden. My colleagues here taught me a lot and in the end I found my feet.
In the meantime I had married and moved to Bletchley , and the commute was quite long so was grateful to gain a post at Newport Pagnell. The day before I started here I found I was pregnant; they were not happy, but I was, and left at the end of 1979.
A 10 year break from libraries then, raising 2 daughters and working for 3 years in a bookshop, and I was employed at Milton Keynes library as a job share with another returner. Throughout my time at MK I remained on a job share basis with 3 different partners. I highly recommend job share; a great way of balancing work and home, as long as you can cope with half a salary.
I have been fortunate to be able to work in a profession that suits me and I’ve worked with some inspiring people. I’m honoured to have been able to help local people with their enquiries and searches for reading material.