The Winch took over the operation of the Library in 2012 and have offered various services ever since. As a library manager, Lucy is in charge of making sure all the day to day activities are run smoothly and efficiently during the opening hours of the Belsize community Library on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 10:00-6:00pm. Having joined The Winch a mere 10 month ago, she fell in love with her role and organization. She found the variety and number of services offered as well as the staff at The Winch to be incredible. She lived in the local community and had grownup hearing about The Winch because of its history so Lucy appreciated the opportunity to get better involved with the community by helping support families.
The Belsize Community library currently offers many services such as Rhyme time (in four different language), story time, parent support classes, author’s event and so much more. Choosing a favorite is difficult. She takes pleasure in watching different members of the community with different cultural background and socioeconomic statues enjoy the space and different activities provided. She believes that people often underestimate the benefits of the rhyme time session in terms of language, growth and development for the children under 5’s.
One part Lucy finds challenging about her position is having patience, patience in having to wait for funding in order to get an idea with a great potential off the ground. With the reduction in funding from the government, funds are becoming harder and harder to get. To combat this trend, Lucy and The Winch leadership team came up with a great idea- launching a Crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds needed to keep the library open and even potentially expand the service offering. With the money raised, Lucy plans on looking more widely at the activities that the library can offer for different age groups such as space for language classes, knitting groups, tea and cake time and so many more activities. When asked what she would say to someone interested in donating for the campaign, she looked up nostalgically and replied, “I would tell them to think back to the time when they could knock on their neighbors’ door and ask for support for pretty much anything. Over the years, that community and spirit has changed. It is our responsibility to glue it back together and making the smallest changes in the community such as donating to keep the only free, public space in Belsize open will hopefully bring back the spirit.”
Want to learn more about this indomitable women named Lucy? Then please keep on reading to look at some fun facts and get to know her a little bit more
Nickname: Lucy Locket
Favourite Color: Green
Favourite Meal: Spanish omelet
Greatest Fear: Sea
Favourite Film: Dirty Dancing
Favourite Actor: Jack Nicholson
Pet Peeve: Sound of people eating
Favourite Hobby: Collecting music from all over the world
Cause for the most laughter: People dancing off beat.
Name one thing about yourself that people don’t know: First ever job at 14 years old was at a shooting range in Surrey