Books on wheels in West Norfolk

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Alex Polaine worked at Dersingham Library until 2001 and upon her retirement she decided to use her 15 years experience of working with books to become the local organiser of the Home Library Service.

The service forms part of the organisation now known as the Royal Voluntary Service that many will remember as the WRVS and their meals on wheels service.

Alex leads a team of volunteers who run a fortnightly book delivery and collection service for people who are unable to visit the library themselves.

Some are permanently housebound and others may have just come out of hospital or had an accident and need the service for a short time.

Alex said: “When we hear about a new client we call and have a chat about the kind of books they like and how many they’ll need for a fortnight’s reading.

“Some people like a particular genre others have favourite authors, and some like large print or audio books and this information helps the volunteers choose the books for each client. It’s not just books that we are delivering; often our readers don’t see many people and they look forward to our visit and like to have a chat too.”

The service runs from Dersingham, Hunstanton, Lynn and Downham Libraries and anyone interested in receiving books or becoming a volunteer should contact the Community Librarian Alison Thorne on 01485 540181 or 532280.

Pictured above are Alex Polaine (pink cardigan) with librarian Alaison Thorne and volunteers Cynthia Hewson, Sheila Drury and Mary Doyle. PICTURE: ELAINE BIRD