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Cotehill Library Book Drop

When the library service had to withdraw the mobile library in the north of the county, they contacted all of their customers to identify individual needs i.e. those customers who may need to be added to the home delivery service, of which there were many, and also those people who maybe didn't qualify for this service but would have difficulty getting into one of the static branch libraries.  Subsequently the library service identified a significant number of people living in Cotehill, Cumwhinton, Scotby and Wetheral who would benefit from having a Book Drop within their village or a village nearby. Cotehill was the obvious choice as there were a number of willing volunteers from the village who would run the Book drop.

The Community Development team worked with the community and Wetheral Parish Council to agree how the book drop might run and will support the event in the future if required.  The Book Drop is modelled on the very successful Book Drop in Penton, where the community gather to not only choose their library books but also to enjoy refreshments and catch up with others in the community.

The Book Drop will take place on the first Thursday of every month from 10.00 to 12.00 in Cotehill Village Hall. A children's story time will be run by library staff.  Users of the Book Drop can borrow from a wide range of adults and children's books, local history books and children's storysacks.  Stock at the Book Drop will be exchanged regularly by library staff so there will always be a good selection of books from which to choose from each time people visit.  Users will need their library card to borrow books from the Book Drop, if people are not yet library members this can easily be arranged.

In addition the local Post Office, from Cumwhinton, will be open in the village hall too and will provide post office services during the morning.  Volunteers will also provide tea, coffee and biscuits in return for nothing more than a small donation to cover hall costs.  Book Drops really do bring communities together and are a real success story for Cumbria Libraries for relatively little cost.