Day 30: Walsall Mobile Library Service – Libraries make you feel you are never truly alone #30days30libraries

I thought it would be a good idea to re-share Polly’s blog series #30days30libraries from earlier this year in honour of the ongoing battle to save libraries. Saturday saw many people demonstrating for our right to a public library service, and I urge you all to go check out #5thNovDemo on Twitter to see the passion and commitment so many people feel toward this issue.

In the meantime, have a read. Libraries and everything they do touch so many people’s lives for the better. To lose them is to lose not only a huge part of our cultural heritage, but a wondrous place filled with free learning for our next generations.

Polly Ho-Yen

It was the end of my library odyssey two days ago and I was in ‘Mobile 2,’ a mobile library van, affectionately named ‘Tango’. You can see why …

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What the Walsall Mobile Library team accomplish is nothing short of outstanding.

This service take what public libraries offer to a whole new level. On wheels. 

Not only do they visit schools, sheltered accommodation, care homes and day centres but they offer a home library service to people who find it difficult to visit their local library, be it due to illness, a disability or their role as a carer.

This is truly a library for everyone.

I was invited to go for a drive aboard Mobile 2/Tango by the rather wonderful, unquestionably cool, G.X. Todd whose debut novel, ‘Defender’ will hit the shelves early next year. When she’s not writing brilliant dystopian fiction, Gemma drives one of the mobile library vans…

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