Brighton & Hove’s first Little Free Library is to launch at Norfolk Square with storytelling from CBeebies presenter Sid Sloane and others on Friday, October 20 from 11am.
The colourful beach hut-shaped wooden box, on a plinth in the middle of the square, will stock free children’s books with the invitation to “take a book, leave a book”.
Children and families will be encouraged to browse the books, borrow any that takes their fancy, stay and read the books together in a new reading zone, and share a children’s book they love by leaving it in the library for others to enjoy.
Local resident Michelle Pauli, who dreamed up the idea and is donating the initial stock, said: “The idea of a Little Free Library will inspire anyone with a fondness for books. I love the idea of children and families making a point of passing through Norfolk Square regularly, stopping by to drop off books they’ve finished, seeing if new books have been added and sitting on little tree trunk seats to browse through them and explore their stories and illustrations. Nestling between the trees, it has an enchanted feel to it.”
Little Free Libraries started in the US in 2009 and there are now tens of thousands across the world, all aiming to encourage reading and a love of books.
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