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Tuesday, 5 May 2015


Reading or Weeding - The Little Garden Library in Lancashire

A little library goes a long, long way, to misquote a famous saying.  But I didn't have to go far this weekend to discover a novel swap-shop in the small town where I live.

Librarian Ruth Taylor has set up a Little Garden Library in  front of her Lancashire home, to the delight of passers-by. After just a week she has found plenty of curious readers who are invited to take (and leave ) anything from children's books to popular adult fiction.

'It's all to promote reading for pleasure,' she told the local evening paper. 'I've seen similar schemes in London, for people who might not otherwise have the chance (to borrow books).

Ruth has always loved libraries  and says this is just her way of 'passing that on.' Each book includes a personalised book mark explaining the concept of the swap shop to readers. Her home is close to a local primary school and she has had plenty of interest from children passing by.

The mother of two  has worked in libraries  at three  secondary schools and is now based in her local council library.

NB - I've just been round with a copy of my debut novel Baggy Pants and Bootees.  Ruth has promised to have a leisurely read of the book before passing it on!



Barbara Fisher said...

What a lovely idea! I’m sure Ruth and whoever else reads it will enjoy Baggy Pants and Bootees. It would be nice to put some kind of tracking device inside to see how far it travels – or is that just my weird way of thinking about things?

Guernsey Girl said...

Barbara - that's a brilliant suggestion - it would be fun for others, too. A but like a note in a bottle thrown into the sea.... Have a great 'blogiversary.'