Emily Fitch with her community Blue Door Borrowers book shelf to encourage reading and exercise.

A King’s Lynn mum has come up with a “novel” idea to encourage youngsters to read and get some fresh air during lockdown.

Mum-of-two Emily Fitch has set up a Covid-safe outdoor book shelf at the front of her Tennyson Avenue home.

Called Blue Door Borrowers, Mrs Fitch put the book case out for the first time on Saturday.

She said her reason was people seemed more fed up this lockdown and she wanted to recreate some of the community spirit generated with the first pandemic lockdown.

She said it is easy to forget how difficult it could be for children, with the impact of coronavirus, meaning they missed out on school and seeing their friends.

“We forget about them sometimes, as adults our escape is to do the weekly shop but what is theirs? 

“Some haven’t been at school for nearly 10 weeks and some off for longer when bubbles have had to close, so they haven’t had the chance to see friends, and maybe even get out of the house,” she said.

“I have had lots of people donate books which has been incredible and I am so grateful for that already. 

“With World Book Day coming up (on Thursday, March 4) and libraries closed until at least April 12, I wanted children to be able to still read and get out the house.”

Mrs Fitch said the book case gave youngsters a chance to explore the outdoors, pick up a book on their walk and be social by talking about what they had read. 

Mrs Fitch started off with books belonging to her children, Ethan Kempton 9, and June Miller, 2.

She has since had some lovely books donated for babies to primary school-aged children, along with books which parents could read to their youngsters.

There is hand gel on the shelves and a box where books can be placed and quarantined until it is safe to put them back for borrowers.

If you are walking in Tennyson Avenue near the college end, look out for the blue door bookcase on weekends from 9am and week days from 4pm, but not on wet days and be prepared to social distance.

Mrs Fitch hopes it will act as incentive for children to get outside.