When was the last time you read a good book? If it was longer than you care to admit, this one’s for you. Two Little Free Libraries have popped up in East Village, both with the simple rule – take a book, return a book. There’s no need to bring a library card along, or even any money, just get to East Village and discover something new.
As part of the Little Free Libraries Project, these libraries promote reading, as well as art and community engagement. A number have already appeared in Walthamstow and thanks to Get Living London, East Village residents can also be part of this increasingly popular movement.
The Little Free Libraries are accessible for all; from children and young people to adults with English as their second language. From fantasy to historical dramas there will be a variety of books available in the two libraries that will reflect the tastes and interests of the East Village community.
As well as helping locals to access great literature, the two Little Free Libraries have been decorated and hand-built by local east London artists – another great way to promote their work. Local illustrator Evelyn Rowland and jewellery designer Bianca Loh both showed remarkable talent in their creations as well as a deep love for the area.
Evelyn’s sheep-themed library apparently began as a Christmas card design over 20 years ago!
Bianca’s design appears to have taken inspiration from London’s iconic Olympic summer and shows athletes and other figures talking and sharing books.
It’s hoped that many more Little Free Libraries will pop-up over both London and the UK. Nick Cheshire, director of the Little Free Library Project expressed his enthusiasm for these two new libraries, commenting: “East Village is one of London’s newest communities. We are very excited to be installing two Little Free Libraries, which we hope will become community meeting places where people can share books, conversations and get to know one another.”
Neil Young, Chief Executive of Get Living London, said: “The arrival of the Little Free Libraries reflects our commitment to encouraging a strong community spirit at East Village. These are a great addition to the neighbourhood, and showcase the importance of reading and sharing knowledge by making this accessible to all residents.”
The installations are just one part of the great art scene that residents and locals can enjoy in East Village and shows the commitment to bring art and culture to the neighbourhood. As well as the Little Free Libraries, there are currently 14 giant Frozen Trees in East Village designed by Portuguese designers LIKE architects. The Frozen Trees certainly are a dramatic addition to the E20 skyline!
Residents have also become familiar with two mini London buses which
pulled up in E20 as part of Transport for London’s Year of the Bus.