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Netherton Green Care Home Unveils Innovative Micro Library in Former Covid Pod

17 January 2024

In a heart-warming initiative, Netherton Green Care Home has turned a once-utilitarian Covid visitors pod into a vibrant micro library, providing residents with a cosy space to relax and rediscover the joy of reading. The unveiling ceremony, graced by local MP Suzanne Webb OBE and Councillor Damian Corfield, celebrated the remarkable transformation and recognised the dedication of the care home’s staff during challenging times.

The micro library, now adorned with shelves of books, was originally conceived by Karen, the activities coordinator, as a solution to repurpose the Covid pod, which had served its initial purpose but had become an eyesore. Karen’s idea struck a chord with residents, and with an abundance of books scattered throughout the home, the library project quickly gained support.

Residents, team members, and special guests gathered for the grand opening, where MP Suzanne Webb and Councillor Damian Corfield expressed their admiration for the innovative approach in turning a negative situation into a positive one. They commended the care home’s team for their resilience and commitment throughout the pandemic.

Graham Lane, a resident eager to rekindle his love for reading, shared his excitement, stating, “I haven’t read a book for a long time, so it would be great to start again. The library will be somewhere to go to relax.” Another resident, Major Bate, expressed his joy at the event and the opportunity to engage with the MP and councillor.

The micro library not only serves as a haven for relaxation but also symbolises the care home’s commitment to fostering a positive environment for its residents. With a diverse collection of books, the library is expected to become a focal point for intellectual stimulation and social interaction.