15 November 2016

Do you know someone who’s not able to get out much and likes to read or watch films?

Sheffield City Council delivers library books, films and other items to people free of charge who are not able to get to their local library. It is looking to boost the number of people using the home library service from 750 to 1,000 users.

Kathleen May, a 95 year old from Stannington and one of Sheffield’s Women of Steel, has been a library user for more than 83 years. She has used the home library service for the past 15 years and said: “The service means a lot because, from being young, I’ve always been a big reader. I’ve read all my life and would be unhappy if I didn’t get the service. When you don’t feel so good you can lose yourself a bit in a book.”

Books, audio books, films, CDs and jigsaws are delivered to people every four weeks. Hearing aid batteries can also be delivered as part of the service.

Kathleen added: “I like family sagas and the ones about the race horse jockeys. You get a good selection of books in the main. There’s always the odd one – I don’t like ones that have bad language – but it’s an excellent service and they’ve always looked after me very well.”

Victoria Polton, aged 73 from Bradfield, is one of the service’s longest running users who signed up in 1982. She said: “I’ve read all my life, every night of my life unless I’m very ill. I’m quite lost if I can’t read.

“It’s an excellent service. They’re very good, always on time and the people who come are all friendly. It’s just lovely.”

People are able to sign up to the home library service if they live in Sheffield and can’t get to their local library easily. This may be due to health issues or mobility problems, because they’re recovering from surgery or struggle to get out because of bad weather.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “The home library provides a really important service to lots of people in the city. It brings books but also means someone is popping in for a chat.

“We know that isolation and loneliness can be a big problem for people. I want more people to use our great home library service, so please get in touch if you or someone you know would benefit from it.”

For more information call 0114 273 4277, email mobileservices.library@sheffield.gov.uk or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries.