Library collects Ribble Valley artefacts for memory boxes

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A GREATLY valued, but perhaps lesser known, service offered by Lancashire County Council’s Library service – and particularly active in the Ribble Valley – is the Home Library Service.

It is offered to people who are unable to visit the library, usually because of age or infirmity, and do not have anyone to go to the library for them to choose their books. Some people using this service are partially sighted and unable to see well enough to read, but enjoy listening to talking books on disc.

An initial visit is made by the Home Library Service Librarian to discuss individual preferences and requirements and, following this visit, items are delivered at regular intervals, usually fortnightly, by volunteers.

Clients can request old favourites, new publications and best sellers. Books are available in standard print and large print and, as already mentioned, as talking books. Also available as part of the service are DVDs, music CDs and jigsaws.

The best news is that the Home Library Service, supported by the WRVS, is offered free of charge.

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about the Home Library Service, contact Joan Davies at Clitheroe Library (tel. 01200 428788) who would be pleased to speak to you or arrange a visit.

Another aspect of the Home Library Service is its “Reminiscence Boxes”.

Do you still have your ration book or National identity card? Can you remember your Co-op “divi” number? Do you remember what a tanner or a bob was worth? Can you remember how heavy an old iron was compared to the latest steam irons of today?

The Home Library Service has collected items from bygone days to evoke memories of the past and stimulate discussion. The boxes are available for use in residential homes, day care centres, or with organised groups, but have been equally popular with schoolchildren who are fascinated to see articles used by their grandparents and previous generations.

If you have any old items lurking in the back of a cupboard or drawer that you don’t know what to do with, don’t throw them out. The library is constantly on the lookout for items for the Reminiscence boxes and they will be used and appreciated by old and young alike. Contact Joan Davies at Clitheroe Library for information on the boxes, whether you would like to use one or have an item you would like to donate.