Lockdown may have taken its toll on some residents but the Crean-Muir family in Watford have decided to put the time to good use by setting up a community book swap initiative for their neighbours on Courtlands Drive.
Callum, 12 and Aisling, 9 have set up the Community Book Swap Stop outside their house and even built a make-shift library from donations from neighbours.
It is set up every week on Mondays and Thursdays and has attracted a lot of attention from neighbours, bringing people from all ages including children and grandparents.
Speaking to WatfordNews, their mother, Sara said: “Their taste for literature has grown further as a result of lockdown and they wanted to share their books with the rest of the community. It enables kids to leave their house who might otherwise be stuck in doors.
“People are leaving encouraging messages to one another in a notebook left for their use, and it’s giving our family the chance to congratulate the kids in our area for their bravery.”
Callum, who is a Year 8 pupil in Croxley Danes School, never used to be interested in reading according to Sara, but now has developed a passion for dystopian themed books such as George Orwell’s 1984.
Whilst Aisling, a pupil in Year 4 at Holy Rood Primary School, has furthered her love for literature, and even got creative when she painted the make-shift library and drawing a picture of an owl reading on it.
Sara continued: “Children in these times have been incredibly brave and I think this is a great way of thanking and celebrating them. My children are going to continue to do this indefinitely due to the great response they’ve had.”