After featuring in October’s issue of BUSHEYnews, dozens of generous readers have got in touch to support Bushey North’s new community library.
Volunteers who were set to open a new community library in north Bushey are adapting the scheme to a mobile service in response to the return of lockdown.
The library was due to open its doors every fortnight from November 11 at the North Bushey Baptist Church, after generous locals donated more than 1,300 books.
Bushey Lib Dem campaigner Laurence Brass, who’s co-ordinating the scheme, said: “As a physical library has become impossible for the time-being, the next best thing is to deliver parcels of books to those who could most benefit from them – especially people who must stay indoors and are at greatest risk of loneliness, which reading can help alleviate.”
Brass first devised the project after hearing from dozens of north Bushey residents who sorely missed the mobile library which had called at Highwood Parade on Bushey Mill Lane until it was axed by Hertfordshire County Council in 2015 – leaving north Bushey with no library service at all.
He said: “The loss of the council mobile library has been a particular problem for people without internet access, or who find it hard to travel several miles to Bushey or Watford libraries, as well as those who simply don’t have the cash to buy brand new books.
“Ultimately, we’re calling on the county council to restore a properly funded service – but until they do, we’re going to club together as a community to provide our own”.
Anyone residing in north Bushey who’d like to register for book deliveries – or who knows someone who might benefit – should contact Laurence at email@example.com