Warwickshire Home Library Service gets helping hand from Gruffalo author.

A new video featuring a poem by Julia Donaldson is set to boost number of Warwickshire home library service customers and volunteers.


A video starring volunteers and staff who help choose and deliver books for people who can’t get to their local library due to poor health or disability has been released by Warwickshire County Council.

Often described as a ‘lifeline through books’ Warwickshire’s Home Library Service currently helps more than 400 people across the county but could be serving many more people by delivering books, audiobooks and information to their homes.

The deliveries are specially selected to meet borrowers’ tastes before being taken to the homes of Warwickshire residents.

The video includes touching comments about the people who stop by to deliver a book and a friendly chat.

One customer in the video said:

“I’m quite lonely and it’s wonderful to have these joyous people coming to my house.”

Portfolio Holder for Customers, Cllr Kam Kaur said: “Many people love reading but aren’t always able to get to their local library due to ill health or disability. That’s why it’s so important that we highlight the Home Library Service and we encourage people who might benefit from the service to get in touch.”

She added: “We are grateful to Julia Donaldson and Macmillan Children’s Books for allowing us to use the wonderful poem “I Opened A Book”. The poem, read by our housebound customers and volunteers, reflects how a book can take you anywhere.”

Chair of the Resources and Fire and Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Matt Western, added: “The Home Delivery Service is about books and more. Sometimes our staff and volunteers are the only people Warwickshire residents will see all day and the service is a lifeline for so many people in Warwickshire.”

“We hope this new video will increase the number of volunteers and customers for the service.”

Watch the video here or find out more by visiting https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homelibraryservice