Library service recruitment drive is a big hit

Edna Malcher
Edna Malcher

A summer campaign for more volunteers to deliver books to people who cannot access their local library has proved a big hit, attracting 18 new recruits in the Banbury area.

Following this success, the drive by Oxon County Council to expand its Home Library Service is now being rolled out across the rest of the county.

The recruitment scheme was backed by former librarian and Banbury resident Edna Malcher, aged 88, who uses the service. Edna, who worked at Banbury and Deddington libraries, called the service ‘a lifeline’, which enables her to connect with others and share her passion for reading.

Edna said: “The person who comes to visit is very nice and friendly. I get the bag ready for him to swap and he makes sure that he brings books that I’m interested in or have requested. The main thing is having contact with someone, especially someone so pleasant.”