A community library in Pinner, known as The Little Local Book Hub, which had been a source of solace for many during the COVID-19 lockdown, has been ‘robbed’.
Launched in the spring of 2020, the library’s simple yet effective idea involved a box of books stationed on a driveway, enabling local residents to exchange books at a time when the pandemic had restricted access to conventional bookshops, libraries, and schools.
The individual behind this community-driven initiative, Miriam Gordon-Linton, took to the Pinner Parents Facebook Group to express her deep distress.
She stated, “I am devastated and heartbroken – a couple and their kids just came to The Pinner & Eastcote Bookhub and stole every single box, every single book off the bookshelves and from the phonebox.”
The incident took place in broad daylight at around 5pm yesterday, Friday 25 August. The thieves took all the books, shelves and boxes that held them – even the bookends.
She added, “What scum bags do this! The work I put in to make this library full for the community and 1 person has ruined it for everyone.
“I have attached photos on the off chance someone recognises the car or the people.
“I am so upset but will try and restock it all for you as soon as I can. If anyone has any boxes for the story books I would appreciate it.”
Update: Since posting, some of the books have now been returned by the people responsible.
Posting via the same Facebook group, Miriam said: “The couple who took the books have just returned with a very dubious story and said after they saw their faces on social media they were returning some of the books.
“Their story did not line up at all and there is a feeling they have panicked after seeing so much news about the story.”
Harrow Online has reached out to the police for additional information and updates regarding the incident.