Meet our manager!
I have been a member of FOGL since my children were very young, they are both about to fly the nest. With this change the time seemed right for a bit of a new direction. Having worked outdoors for 20 years teaching, I took over as manager in 2019 and I am enjoying myself being surrounded by books all day in the warm.
When not in the library I can be found walking my lovely, but mad dog Archie around our beautiful villages.
Favourite books –
The Hare with Amber eyes by Edmund de Waal
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
Customer Service Advisor
I have been working in Oxfordshire Libraries since 1994 and enjoy it very much. I am a member of Goring Gap U3A, and one of their reading groups, and Cleeve-By-Goring W.I.
FOGL was formed in 1998 and supports the library by raising money to purchase books and other resources to add to those already provided by the Oxfordshire County Council (OCC). It has previously been involved in lobbying the Council when the library was threatened with closure. It works in partnership with OCC, including the provision and support of the volunteers necessary to keep the library open. It became an HMRC registered charity in April 2019. FOGL is run by a committee of local people who are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in May. All are welcome to attend.
Linda weighing in...
Gaye & Susan loving their work!
Goring Library is staffed by a library manager and assistant (FOGL funded post), employed by Oxfordshire County Council, and they are ably supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers. The Friends of Goring Library provide a link between the Council and the volunteers and a committee member is responsible for recruiting new volunteers and organising their rota.
Without the volunteers it would not be possible to keep the library open, nor would the library manager be able to run so many activities and events for both children and adults. If you are interested in joining the volunteers, please fill in this form and email it, or drop it into the library. You will then be invited in for a chat with our Volunteer Co-ordinator to see when and how you can help keep the library thriving in our community.