I think it became extinct this month.
There it is, can you see it hiding behind the tree. Hiding to no avail. I'm told by a friend of a friend that the axe has fallen.
It's demise won't affect me, because I couldn't use it. It made me dizzy. I used to go on board to pick up an elderly lady's books and my head would swim and if I lingered too long I would feel nauseous. Every time someone moved or a vehicle passed by, the van would rock and I was hanging on to the shelves. Would you believe it, travel sickness in a stationary library van.
My 92 yr. old neighbour is going to miss it a great deal though. It stops right outside her door so that she doesn't have to carry heavy books. She reads a lot and gets half a dozen books every three weeks. It seems that a service is going to be available for someone to deliver some books for her to read, but that won't be the same as choosing her own reading material, nor does it replace the social occasion which the van provided for her.
The 'Old Grump' say's it reminds him of an episode of 'Steptoe and Son' where Harold fetches Albert some books from the library and Albert says, "Read it, read it, I don't like him, read it. That was a waste of time wasn't it".
Government cuts - I wonder where the axe will fall next?