Library benefits from new Children’s reading area thanks to M6toll

Staff from Midland Expressway Ltd (operators of the M6toll) recently visited Shenstone Library after providing them with £1,000 towards a new children’s reading area.

Midland Expressway Limited’s (MEL) donation has been used to develop a designated area for children to read, draw and take part in educational activities. The area has been transformed into a great space for children and aims to increase the footfall and use of the library by younger people.

Shenstone Library is now run as a voluntary organization after several libraries across the county were closed in a bid to reduce costs. However with over 40 volunteers on the rota and their new coffee shop now open the library is going from strength to strength with many ongoing planned developments for library services and community activities.  

The Library has received an overwhelming response from the local community and local businesses such as MEL who have provided services and funding to ensure the library could stay open and develop.

Lynda Jones, Chair of Shenstone Community Library Association said: ‘Making the children's area of the coffee shop at Shenstone Community Library an attractive, comfortable and interactive space has been made possible through a combination of a grant from the M6toll and the skills of a volunteer interior designer who lives in the village. Children clearly enjoy using the space, as do their parents and carers, who can also enjoy the services of the volunteer run coffee shop.’

Cath Griffith, MEL Social Committee Member added: “It was a real pleasure to visit Shenstone Library and hear about all the work that has been carried out by volunteers who are so visibly passionate about the Library and its future. We hope our donation continues to attract young visitors to the library who can benefit from the Children’s reading area for many years to come’

More information about Shenstone Library can be found here

MEL’s donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL's Social Committee work closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the Drive for Charity fund.

MEL's Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit for further information or email

IMAGE: Cath Griffiths (Social Committee member) joining in the fun with some of the children who visit the library