Long-service recognition for community-minded Mel

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A familiar face at Market Rasen Library has been recognised for her long-time service to the community in which she lives and works.

Mel Fenwick received her Lincolnshire County Council 30-year service award from the Library and Heritage manager Jonathan Platt.

Mel Fenwicj received her long-service award from Head of Libraries and Heritage Jonathan Platt EMN-140915-122026001

Mel Fenwicj received her long-service award from Head of Libraries and Heritage Jonathan Platt EMN-140915-122026001

“Mel gives the best wherever she goes and to whatever she does,” said Mr Platt in making the presentation.

“She has boundless energy, is kind and thoughtful and would do anything for anyone.

“She is a brilliant team member; we are lucky to have her.”

Mel, who has actually clocked up 34 years with the council, started her employment in the youth service, where she met her husband Gary.

Celebrating the long-service of Mel Fenwick EMN-140917-071224001

Celebrating the long-service of Mel Fenwick EMN-140917-071224001

She then went on to be part of the adult education team based at De Aston, before joining the library service in 2008.

And her popularity with the library users was evident in the amount of people, of all ages, who packed into the library last Friday to wish her well and be part of the celebrations.

“Over the past 34 years, I have witnessed a number of policy changes and restructuring within the council, but I am still here,” said Mel.

“I love working with people and to serve the community - I feel that is what I can do.”

After all the official business was completed, it was time to cut the large cake and enjoy some refreshments.

Also receiving her long-service award recently was Karen Waring, who is now based at Louth Library.

Rasen library is more than just books -

Serving the community is at the heart of what Mel and the rest of the team at Market Rasen Library do.

And that means it is not just a book-lending service they operate.

Over the summer they held activities for those taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, with certificates being presented this Saturday, September 20.

And more events are planned for the future - including a Lincolnshire Day event on October 1.

Regular Tuesday afternoon story sessions engage little ones - and Mel is often out in the community too with story sessions at Market Rasen Children’s Centre and Town and Country Kiddies.

Opportunities for training and help getting back into employment are on hand, with sessions from Riverside Training, together with free access to the library’s bank of computers.

And if you are not sure about getting online, the library will be taking part in Get On-Line Day on October 14, when they will be offering hour-long help prebooked sessions.

To find out more about any of the activities, just drop in and have a chat.