Edinburgh’s first 24 hour Little Free Library
Book Artist Rachel Hazell hosts the latest Little Free Library in her Colonies garden.
The Little Free Library initiative started in America in 2010 with a mission to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries – as many as supported by Scottish Philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. There are now over 36,000 Little Free Libraries world-wide. Their mission is:
To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
Their website hosts a map of all the Little Free Library locations around the world. More information can be found at: littlefreelibrary.org and this is library number 36444
Rachel Hazell said:
‘I first came across the Little Free Library in a converted phone box in Somerset and knew it would be perfect for Edinburgh booklovers. As a book artist, sharing books with people is at the heart of my work – so to have a library on the garden fence, where people can take a book or leave a book, day or night, delights me. I love seeing neighbours and visitors looking at the shelves, discovering what new treasures have been left.’
Rachel’s Little Free Library was built by the Edinburgh Tool Library.
Chris Hellewell, of Edinburgh Tool Library said: ‘At the Edinburgh Tool Library, we like to provide meaningful opportunities for volunteering. We worked with a group of about a dozen people building four book boxes to go into various communities around East Lothian and East Edinburgh, and a fifth, to go into Rachel’s garden in Stockbridge. We are delighted it is being used by the community to promote reading, and hopefully it will also open people’s minds to the possibilities of making using reclaimed materials.”
Local colonies resident and publisher, Vanessa Roberston from the Glenogle and Bell Book Company said: “As a bookseller I know the huge role that libraries of any size play in encouraging people to read and I love that The Colonies now has its very own Little Library where the community can make serendipitous connections with books they never knew they needed.