By Community Reporter Rebeca Castineira
Filwood and Knowle residents have seen a new face in their libraries over the past few months.
Hazel Lawrie is the new Library Supervisor and has been in the role since September following the retirement of Pat O’Hara.
Working in a library has a lot of positive aspects for Hazel. She explains: “I enjoy meeting people. We get all sorts of customers from pre-school children, class visits, whole families, adults…I think libraries have a role in communities today. We are hopefully becoming more active in creating services that are community focused.”
One of these services is helping people to find a job. She says: “I like ICT and find helping people with their computer problems and things like job hunting really satisfying.”
Managing a library means a lot of work, but Hazel has plenty of plans for the future and has already made some positive changes at Filwood Library.
She says: “I have reorganised the children’s area making the picture books more accessible and the area generally more attractive. We also have a display area that can be used by local people, so any budding artists out there can display their work.”