LIBRARY REACHES DAY 50 OF ONLINE CHALLENGES

Crewkerne Library has reached Day 50 of its stay at home challenges, since closing its doors seven weeks ago, due to Government guidelines to keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the daily challenge, the library has also been posting reading challenges, other interactive activities and videos on its Friends of Crewkerne Library Facebook page.

Librarian Sue has recently been decorating the library’s window, with a different theme – this week’s depicting the Hungry Caterpillar. Children are able to see the characters and story books, from a safe distance, when out for their daily walk with parents. The library is also highlighting the fact, that this month is National Walking Month, promoted by the UK charity for everyday walking, Living Streets.

Living Streets was relaunched in 2001, from The Pedestrian Association, which was formed in August 1929 by a young journalist, Tom Foley, who was later honoured with an OBE and political reformer Viscount Cecil. Many successful campaigns were run in its early days, which led to speed restrictions of 30 mph in built up areas being introduced in the Road Traffic Act of 1934, Belisha beacons at road crossing points in 1935 and the UK’s first zebra crossing in 1951.

The association’s mission has always been to achieve a better walking environment and inspire people to walk more. A spokesman for Living Streets said: “We want a nation where walking is the natural choice for everyday local journeys.”

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