The team at Jersey Library has been busy during lockdown - from providing a home delivery service, to answering enquiries on the Connect Me helpline and providing eBooks, storytimes and more online, they have had plenty to do.
As the library still awaits to reopen its doors to the public, the team has taken the time to reflect on what they love about Jersey.
Here are their favourites...
Pictured: "The island of Jersey is a wonderful place to live and we are very lucky to be in this little corner of heaven.”
Unanimously the number one thing we love about Jersey is Jersey itself! We felt that our experiences of the past weeks and the restrictions we have faced have made us really appreciate the abundance of breath taking nature on our doorstep and the multiple ways in which we can enjoy it.
Cliff walks with stunning views, amazing beaches, beautiful parks with explosions of colourful flowers, rolling sand dunes, woodland and even caves for exploring. We really do have it all as Customer Service Assistant Paula summed it up:
“One of the things that I love about Jersey is the green places around the island that you can go to and have some peace, just you and nature. If life is troubling you can always lose yourself in nature, relax and read a good book, from the library of course!
Pictured: "Cliff walks with stunning views, amazing beaches, beautiful parks with explosions of colourful flowers, rolling sand dunes, woodland and even caves for exploring.," are all in Jersey.
"There is always a green place to go for a long walk and think about life, it is amazing how in tune you become with your surroundings and the beautiful music that nature sings; on the other hand, you also have the beaches where the sound of the waves will lull you into a sense of contentment. The island of Jersey is a wonderful place to live and we are very lucky to be in this little corner of heaven.”
Pictured: "For a small island we have such a rich history and a unique heritage."
From castles and crypts to towers and tunnels our island is scattered with reminders of the past and these are so important to us. These tangible links to the past keep us grounded and give us a sense of belonging.
For a small island we have such a rich history and a unique heritage that you can find nowhere else. It makes us who and what we are and is something to be treasured and proud of.
A discussion about food was prompted by the announcement in a staff meeting that the 29 of May is National Biscuit Day.
Jersey produces some amazing food and has fantastic restaurants but what we really love are the roadside stalls and honesty boxes that can be found along our country lanes. The freshest eggs, newly dug potatoes, tangy rhubarb and ripe juicy tomatoes…
One of the upsides of lockdown has been the opportunity to try our hand at growing our own fruit and veg.
Pictured: "You may think libraries are supposed to be quiet places but we have really missed the buzz that our customers bring to the library."
During lockdown the library has been closed to the public and the building has been filled with an eerie quietness. You may think libraries are supposed to be quiet places but we have really missed the buzz that our customers bring to the library, and we can’t wait to open up our doors again as soon as it is safe to do so.
But what lockdown has shown us is how supportive our community and customers are. We have had some amazing feedback and it is great to know how much our library service is valued.
Pictured: "We love the rugged wildness of St Ouen."
Jersey may be so small it is sometimes missing from maps but its size is one of the things that makes it so special.
Jersey has a little bit of everything in a small area. Different parts of the island are so distinct that in a bigger country you would have had to travel miles to find them, but here they are only minutes away.
Spending his days touring the island we think Danny, our Mobile Library driver, has the best job ever! We love the rugged wildness of St. Ouen, the picturesque harbour at Gorey, the peaceful lanes in St Mary, the shops and cafes in St Helier, the holiday vibe of St Brelade’s Bay… we could go on and on…