Mobile library lifeline
I’m a member of my local sports and social club and pop in for a beer every now and then, or when they have a good band on. I also try to shop locally at village stores, whether its Whittlesford or Foxton or Thriplow. I could easily do all my shopping in the supermarkets, and I could easily just do my socialising in Cambridge. But these facilities need support, and for people who can’t get about, they are vital. Its the same with mobile libraries.
The county council mobile libraries that serve our villages are performance assessed on the number of books taken out - not on browsing footfall, not on nice comments and not on whether one village reads chick-lit, another.requests the entire works of Dorothy L Sayer while a third is ploughing through Proust.
So even if you don’t borrow many books, if you see the mobile library pulling up, climb those stairs, go in and borrow a book - don’t forget to return it as they do fine you. There is a form to fill in to get your library membership - https://cambridgeshire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BRWREG
If the mobile libraries are not used, then they will be closed, and for some people that would add to their isolation. At the moment the county have re-kitted them out, so this isnt an immediate danger.
I’ve just signed up to be village telephone box library monitor for a month - its great to see redundant telephone kiosks given a new lease of life.