Bringing the library to you

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Avid reader Val, who uses Islington’s Home Library Service, explains why she loves reading and is taking part again in Cityread London.

How important is reading to you?

I was introduced to books at a very early age and became a passionate reader. During my childhood I was very lucky that my father would take me to the library regularly. I think it is important that children have access to reading at an early age and this is where libraries are so important.

What was the first book you remember reading and loving as a child?

I read a lot as child and have done so throughout my life. One of my earliest and fondest memories was reading the Billy Bunter books by Charles Hamilton. I loved the stories set in Greyfriars school.

What is your all- time favourite book you would like to recommend?

There are so many I could choose from but Margaret Mitchell’s  ‘Gone with the Wind’. It’s a deeply moving story set on a Southern Plantation and set during the American Civil War.

How did you come across Cityread? Would you recommend this year’s book?

Home Library Service staff gave me the book for 2017 and I followed this up and registered online and received information for this year. I have only just started this year’s book but am thoroughly enjoying it and would highly recommend it.

Which three words would you use to describe the Home Library Service?

Friendly, helpful and supportive.

The Home Library Service is available to anyone who cannot get to the library because they are housebound or have mobility difficulties. You can choose books (including large print) talking books, music CDs and selected DVDs from the comfort of your own home. Many items are available in a range of community languages.

Staff will also attempt to answer any information or reference enquiries. The Home Library Service can make regular visits and is free.

If you know someone who would like to receive this service, or you are interested in the service for yourself email or call 020 7527 7980 between 9-10.30am, Monday to Friday.

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