Books. Remember those things? Forget your Kindles; we’re talking about real books. The kind you don’t need to turn off when you’re on a plane. The kind that you can read in the sunshine and then pass on to a friend once you’ve finished. There’s nothing quite like donating a dog-eared copy of your favourite book to someone else to enjoy, which is why we’re really excited about this new east London initiative Little Free Library.
Founders Nick and Rebecca Cheshire realised the libraries were already a huge success in Georgia, USA, and decided to take it upon themselves to get east London involved. The duo have built 12 Little Free Libraries which will be installed on Saturday, May 31 in gardens, cafes, pubs and community spaces across Walthamstow in an attempt to bring the community together through a love of literature. This project also aims to widen access to books and aid child literacy in E17, which we think is a wonderful idea.
Each of the LFL boxes will contain around 25 books, and the concept is very simple: “Take a book, return a book.” You don’t even need a library card. People are encouraged to take a book or two, return them and/or share a book or two of their own with the community.
The library boxes will be beautifully decorated by some of east London’s most creative artists, including muralist Emma Scutt, cartoonist Tim Reedy, contemporary artist Julie Caves, plus Emma Russell and Hannah Adamaszek.
The launch of Little Free Library coincides with the annual E17 Art Trail, which will be 16 days of art events in Walthamstow run by independent artists. This wonderful little festival allows local artists and makers to exhibit and promote their work in the
E17 neighbourhood. The Little Free Library project will be continuing once the Art Trail finishes, so don’t worry if you’re a slow reader!
Fancy getting stuck in? Locations include Coppermill Lane opposite Walthamstow marshes, Ruby Road and Brettenham Road near Lloyd Park, Victoria Road and Forest Road in the art oriented Chapel End quarter of Walthamstow (where Grayson Perry had a studio for many years). Other than gardens they will also be hosted at 56 St James Cafe, William Morris Bar, The Village Pub on Orford Road, Arts and Crusts Cafe and the Eat or Heat Community Lounge.