A Journey Through Time: How Home Library Services have Evolved in the UK

A Journey Through Time: How Home Library Services have Evolved in the UK

11 Mar 2020, 16:00 - 17:00

Club Room - National Hall Gallery
Language:
English

A Journey Through Time: How Home Library Services have evolved in the UK
With the increasing amount of mobile and public libraries closing, many believed the Home Library services was no more. However, since the Second World War – when it was originally known as ‘Books on Wheels’ - Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have been delivering books to local communities. This began with men in the armed services and it has since developed into providing support and enjoyment for older people. Home Library services have helped to ensure they can continue their love of reading but it has also provided an invaluable connection to their community. In 2019, over 1000 Home Library service volunteers delivered 96000 books to older people in the South West alone. It has not come without its challenges and in an ever-changing economy and society, Royal Voluntary Service has been able to adapt and continue Home Libraries, helping to alleviate isolation and loneliness. Focusing on different themes, such as the advancement in technology, urban vs. rural Home Libraries and intergenerational opportunities and challenges, learn how Royal Voluntary Service has developed Home Libraries and how they aim to continue in the future.

 

Contributors

  • Lee Palmer

    Speaker

    Head of Community Development and Operations

    Royal Voluntary Service

    Lee is representing the London Book Fair’s Charity of the Year: Royal Voluntary Service. He has worked for Royal Voluntary Service for 17 months,...

  • Rebecca Kennelly

    Speaker

    Director of Volunteering

    Royal Voluntary Service

      Rebecca joined Royal Voluntary Service in 2015 from a Chief Executive role at Basingstoke Voluntary Service. She has spent her career striving to...