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Robert Bradshaw, mobile librarian

I moved to Palmerston North about 25 years ago from the English city of Leicester. I followed my wife here who had secured a position at Massey and our original intention was to try it for three years. That was in 1991, and despite numerous visits back to the UK, Palmy has now become home.

Photo shows Robert leaning against the mobile library bus.

Mobile librarian Robert Bradshaw.

What does a typical day look like for a mobile librarian?

Most of my day is spent outside the central library on the mobile library bus, either at schools or at the various library stops around town. Typically my day starts with a quick visit to central to restock, say hello, attend meetings, have coffee, say goodbye, and then I travel to one of the schools. That takes care of the mornings and the street stops take care of the afternoons.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping people in the community is the reward. From finding the right large-print book for the older reader to finding the latest item such as Star Wars, Minecraft, or Lego material for the younger - the reaction is the reward.

How does your role impact on the community?

Libraries add quality to a community and it’s satisfying to know that I have the opportunity to provide such a service. Whether it is at a kindy or a retirement village, when the mobile bus turns up it adds a little bit of pleasure to the day.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

I spend quite a lot of time pottering around in the garden. When more time allows, it’s always good to go tramping in the hills. Two little grandkids fill up a good chunk of time and playing music fills up the rest.

Tell us a couple of things most people would not know about you

  • I started my working life as a welder
  • I’m allergic to cats
  • I’ve never owned a mobile phone