Dorset library memberships surge in lockdown

Dorset library memberships surge in lockdown

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 21st June 2020.

There's been a 48% rise in library memberships in Dorset since the start of the lockdown.

Readers have borrowed almost 27,000 e-books, e-audio and e-zines. 

Dorset's libraries are still keeping together during the lockdown with reading groups, rhyme times and craft sessions.

Dorchester Library

Councillor Tony Alford, Customer, Community and Regulatory Services portfolio holder, said:

"It's been a great way for everyone to stay connected, learn something new and have fun, which are all good things for mental health."

"We wanted to be sure people could still access our services, even though they can't physically come into our buildings. Like many other people, the teams had to quickly adjust to a new way of working. They all rose to the challenge immediately and have been wonderfully creative."

They're regularly hosting storytimes and crafts on their Facebook page to keep young children entertained.

Activities take place five days a week and you can find out how to sign up here.