The popular Pinner and Eastcote Little Local Book Hub was targeted after a man stole entire box of brand-new young adult and teen books that had been put out.
The book hubs were set up during lockdown for children and adults to swap books with each other and was an opportunity to get some social interaction with each other in a safe environment.
Miriam Chinnick, who runs Pinner’s branch of the book hubs, was understandably distressed over the situation, but was delighted to receive the community’s support, with someone setting up a fundraising page to show their support, and it has now received more than £1,000.
Miriam told PinnerNews: “From a very stressful situation, something amazingly positive occurred. The local community started a JustGiving page so that I can build them a permanent winter undercover hub.
“We’ve had funding from individuals in the community, as well as a lovely donation from Meat Like It Used to Be Butchers, who have supported me from the beginning with book donations. I am so humbled by the impact this hub has had on the community and on me.
“Once we get it all up and running, we are hoping to do a grand opening of the phone box library. The money that’s been raised will make the book hub look even better than it does now, and I’m so proud that the community has got together and done this.
“All of this is done through generosity and the love of books. Thankfully, something amazing has come out of a disappointing act of an individual.”
To donate, head to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pinner-reading-hub