Minesh’s book is 60 millionth loan

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A FAMILY borrowed a book which turned out to be the 60 millionth item loaned from the county’s libraries since its collection was computerised in 1994.

Minesh Thankey, of Burns Road, Wellingborough, borrowed Isla the Ice Star Fairy from Wellingborough Library in Pebble Lane on February 11 for his eight-and-a-half year old daughter Dhvni, who is a pupil at Ruskin Junior School in the town.

Minesh, Dhvni, Minesh’s wife Jaya, the couple’s other daughter Yagna, six, and son Kush, 11, visited the library on Saturday, where they were given a £60 book voucher to mark the occasion.

Mr Thankey said the family were regular visitors to the library and enjoyed going in and picking up new books to read.

He said: “We come to the library every two or three weeks. There’s lots of things we don’t know and we can come to the library and find out, you don’t need to buy the book, you can just come in and read.

“It’s really good for the children.”

Barbara Leigh, principal librarian for the Wellingborough and Northampton libraries, said the Thankey family were a good example of the fact that the county’s libraries had items to interest people of all ages.

She said: “It was a landmark occasion for us, it gives an opportunity to let people know that in Northamptonshire we are bucking the trend of libraries in decline. Last year over three million items were borrowed in county libraries, we also have over three million visits each year.

“The visitor growth is a four per cent increase year on year.”