Home Library Service goes the extra mile for 102 year old Frances

Frances, user of our Home Library Service

Eager reader Frances Hardwick from Dewsbury has been using our home library service for 20 years. She recently celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Our hard-working library staff heard about her birthday, and decided to surprise her with a birthday card and a bouquet of flowers.

Frances with her gifts

Delivery driver Ian Newsam said:

“Frances is an amazing lady; she’s independent, bright as a button and has a great sense of humour – I look forward to our chats and when I’m leaving she always gets up to stand at the window and wave goodbye.”

Our home library service team delivers 30,000 books or audio books direct to people who are housebound. People who use the home library service can be visually impaired, disabled, elderly, infirm or temporarily unable to access their local library. It can be a lifeline service for many people.

Frances told us:

“The service is wonderful, I’m so grateful for their visits – I don’t know what I’d do without them! I really enjoy reading the two books I get every fortnight, but it’s more than a book service, the people are so helpful and friendly and I know that if I have any problems, they will try their hardest to help me.”

Of her ripe old age of 102 years, Frances said:

“I’ve had such a wonderful life; I just wish I could do it all over again”.

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