The following week when he rang the doorbell to deliver a parcel, he told me about his two daughters and the books he had taken for them from the little library and the ones he had brought back the following day. And for the first time, the postman became a real person – a connection was made.
It was the overwhelming response from the community that made me think that I wanted to make more – in fact, I want there to be Little Free Libraries in every community in Leeds. I want them to be a feature of our city – beautifully painted cabinets of joy that encourage the best part of us all to not only read, but to share with each other, to respect and take pride in the neighbourhood and city we live in.
Recently, we have gratefully accepted a grant from Leeds Inspired to build three more libraries in Bramley, Farsley and Belle Isle. We have also received commissions for Little Free Libraries in school playgrounds to encourage parents and children to share the fun and possibility of books together.
We plan to decorate these by blending the children’s artwork with our own. Eventually we would like to create workshops to enable communities to build their own Leeds Little Free Library.
Everyone can be part of our story.