Event Organisation Guidelines

Accommodation

The Community Room seats around 35 people, is available to hire for community activities at reasonable rates – see the Library Services web-site , speak to a Library Assistant or E-mail: Bookings.CentralLibrary@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk; the invoice for the room hire should be sent to the Treasurer.

AVA

The Community Room has a screen and projector (property of Library Services) and speakers (bought by FRRL)  – presenters need to provide their own lap-tops.

Date

  • Agree suitable date and time with FRRL Board (the Library Services manager is receives all paperwork).
  • Check no clashes with other local events.

Finances

Experience shows that requesting donations rather than charging for entry works well – encouraging attendance and promoting inclusivity – attendance rarely exceeds capacity. For some events, however, e.g. wine-tasting, prior booking and charging is appropriate.

Health & Safety

  • When planning the event, consider any potential areas of risk and take action as appropriate (e.g. trailing wires, sharp tools).
  • In an E-mail to a Board member (James Berry, 9 March 2016), Maggie Brown (Volunteer Development Manager, CCC Community and Cultural Services) advised: ‘Activities are approved and, where appropriate, risk assessed by library staff.  Library staff do not have to be present if they are satisfied that the friends are fully briefed and trained eg, if being left to lock up the premises they should be trained in the locking up procedure and alarm setting. Under these circumstances Friends are covered by CCC pub lib ins.’

Presenter/Speaker Fees

  • Fee, discuss with speaker, most do not charge but FRRL are happy to cover expenses and pay a suitable fee (approved by Committee) for ‘professional’ speakers (e.g. Mike Petty, local historian).
  • When no fee is paid, buy a gift e.g. flowers/bottle of wine as appropriate.
  • Brief the speaker about the programme/expectations: length of talk (normally 45 minutes); target audience – the age – i.e. children, teenagers, young adults etc.; audience questions – at the end etc.

Promotion

As soon as possible, liaise with the FRRL Publicity, Social Media and Press Liaison Officer for help and advice.

For most events:

  • Design, print, laminate A4 posters – ideally 4 weeks in advance of an event (Library printer/laminator may be used and costs reimbursed) – display on Library notice boards/railings and any suitable local sites shops etc.
  • Post on social media, FRRL and Queen Edith’s Forum newsletters (depending on next publication)
  • For major events, e.g. Apple Day, issue press release, produce and distribute A5 flyers – FRRL have an account at Copy Studio, Clifton Road
  • Inform Library Services – send E-mail to FRRL Library Assistants, relevant officers.

Refreshments

Where provided, these are free (avoiding need for a license when wine served). Buy wherever you prefer (Hills Road Co-op recommended) and retain receipts for reimbursement. Typical requirements are:

• adult evening event: 3 bottles red, 3 white, 3 rose, 2 cartons apple juice, 2 cartons orange juice, 2 x L sparkling water, savoury snacks

• children’s event: squash, soft drinks – buy paper cups and biscuits

• coffee/tea events: cafetiere coffee/tea bags/biscuits.

Where cakes are required,  e-mail Board members a week in advance asking for volunteers to help at the event/bake cakes.

The kitchen is well-equipped with the crockery/equipment and FRRL wine glasses.

There is an urn in the store cupboard but it is often simpler to use more than one kettle (bring your own).

Running the Event On the Day

• For events outside opening hours, arrange to collect keys (for staff and main entrances) from a key holder (Chair and Deputy-Chair) and note alarm code.

• Arrive in good time – about 40 minutes before the start.

• Main light switches are on a pillar near the sofas and on the lobby walls.

• As required, arrange chairs in rows; set up projector and screen, put up bunting/decorations.

• Set up drinks table (in the main library often works well) and ask someone to serve; there are no hard and fast rules, the main thing is that people pass the table as they come in!

• Remember to display a collecting box (there should be spares in the kitchen cupboards) on the drinks table in a prominent position.

If appropriate, add the laminated sign (also in the kitchen cupboards) stating “This event is free, but donations are always much appreciated”.

Display FRRL membership leaflets and mugs if available.

Facilitate event, deliver house-keeping announcement: 

‘There are toilets through the kitchen (point) and at the rear of the Library (point).  In the unlikely event of fire, please leave via one of the two entrances at the front of the Library and assemble on the pavement outside the Library (point).”

Welcome and thank the speaker.

Clear away/wash up, reinstate furniture.

• Count donations and pass to Treasurer with any receipts for expenses to be reimbursed.

After the Event

Designate a helper, preferably a Trustee, to be responsible for:
– checking that all furniture has been returned to original positions (roughly)
– checking that the Library, kitchen and garden have been cleared of all ‘debris’ – putting everything away
– switching off lights
– setting the alarm
– locking up the main Library and, for outdoor events, the two garden gates (copies of all keys are kept in a box in the cupboard behind the reception desk where the gate padlocks should be stored during the event
– returning keys to Trustee key-holders or the Library
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