The Free Wee Library a free community book sharing scheme for adults and children. Promoting literacy and the love of reading through community book exchanging. Buncrana Donegal
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Free community book sharing scheme for adults and children. Promoting literacy and the love of reading through community book exchanging
We believe in lots of things, here's a few...
Sharing, reading, writing, walking, exercise, health, laughter, art, poetry, crafts, making, collaboration, creativity, fresh air, beaches, parks, friendships, community, people, caring, neighbours, happiness....and love.
Making the most out of the great outdoors
We're committed to improving the design and understanding of public space. Encouraging spending time outdoors, taking walks, reading outdoors and promoting positive well being.
Free Wee Library Project
The Free Wee Library Project was set up in May 2013 in Buncrana, Co Donegal by Donegal artist Geraldine Timlin. The idea was based on an already successful book sharing scheme in existence throughout the USA and in many countries around the world. The project began with the siting of five ‘wee’ outdoor libraries as part of the ‘Feel Good Fortnight’ initiative run by Insight Inishowen. The little wooden structures are dotted along the seafront, the local riverside park and the beach walk surrounding Buncrana.
All of the libraries are stocked with adult and children's books for you to browse and take for free. They function on an 'honesty policy', so if you take a book all that is asked is that you return one. The main aim of the project was to create something that the entire community could share and take ownership of.
As the libraries are reliant on users keeping to the honesty policy, success of this unique outdoor book sharing scheme is very much dependent on the initiative of the whole community. Books are being freely given by members of the public from their own collections, from neighbours to authors to bookworms. Officially launched by renowned Playwright Frank McGuinness in summer 2013, the simple idea of reusing books has taken it’s own momentum of success. The community response to the libraries was so positive, that a further five libraries were added to the area during summer 2014.
Free Wee Library is now part of Harnessing Creativity EU - ‘creating economic growth through creativity’