“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand” ~ Neil Gaiman
Spending time with our children is one of the greatest gifts we can give them, and reading books and storytelling is one of the best ways to do this. We truly believe that the single best thing we could do to help kids do well at school is this – reading. Books spark imagination and creativity. They can open doors to adventure and magic. Books are a fantastic way to learn about things and to travel without moving your feet.
This little library was generously built by our local Men’s Shed. We installed it in our front garden using leftover bits of wood. Painting, decorating, and stocking it with much loved books has been a passion project for our family. This will be a brilliant way for books to be re-used that we have enjoyed and now can share. Some of the books have been kindly donated by our local council library. We hope that this makes the books more accessible to people who can’t get to the library. Or to delight in discovering a book as they walk past this little street library. Children on their way home from school or the corner shop or mums and dads walking past with a pram. Seeing people stop to browse the books in this little library has been such a thrill!
There is no obligation to swap books if you don’t have one handy. Please feel free to borrow any of the books. Keep them for as long as you like, return them if you wish, or pass onto friends or a local charity. We’d love to see books being shared and circulated through the community. Street libraries are a symbol of trust, hope and community – and excitement from finding a much-loved book!