Moon Lake Ink: a Community Interest Company and a local bookshop in Catford.

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Here at Moon Lane Ink we do a lot of work with local schools and groups within our community. Some of the highlights of the shop under normal circumstances are the baby and toddler classes, and the creative writing and maths classes for older children. Storytelling was also a fun feature of our shop, with fun and lively story time sessions for toddlers every week. Local schools from across the borough were also invited to participate in storytelling sessions. We chose books that were inspired by topics they were learning about in class which sparked interesting discussions.  

Here at Moon Lane Ink we do a lot of work with local schools and groups within our community. Some of the highlights of the shop under normal circumstances are the baby and toddler classes, and the creative writing and maths classes for older children. Storytelling was also a fun feature of our shop, with fun and lively story time sessions for toddlers every week. Local schools from across the borough were also invited to participate in storytelling sessions. We chose books that were inspired by topics they were learning about in class which sparked interesting discussions.  

Our mission is to raise equality in children’s books by identifying barriers and finding practical and impactful ways to overcome them. Working closely with local schools, we create carefully curated book lists that explore the diversity of the human experience; whether it be gender, race, sexuality, or accessibility needs, we endeavour to bring a variety of inclusive titles into our local schools and ensure children have access to them. In the pre-Covid world we also took authors from underrepresented backgrounds into local schools to give readings from their books. This had the wonderful benefit of showing children from underrepresented backgrounds that they too can use their voice and share their stories. 

Our customers have always given us their unwavering support and so we wanted to prioritise their needs during the lockdown period. Last year we established an online shop with a dynamic and diverse selection of books where customers could continue to order from us; we offered no-contact home delivery, postage and a click and collect service. We also continued to assist customers over the phone and via email; we would make recommendations and place orders accordingly.

During the second lockdown we were one of the early adopters of Bookshop.org; the new, ethical way to buy books online while supporting independent bookshops across the country. We continue to compile interesting books lists on topics from Black History Month to the best picture books that explore emotions.  Though we were unable to host physical events we were able to host events online. Local author Kenya hunt joined us for an Instagram event to discuss her debut book Girl. This event was met with tremendous success for Kenya with a large number of people ordering her book from us. 

We are so excited to be back open to the public and we cannot wait to resume our work with the community!

© Lewisham Local 2021 served by freshSPRING Lewisham Local is hosted by Rushey Green Time Bank. Charity number 1101616 | Company Number 4681564
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