Edmonton Green Shopping Centre has opened a Little Free Library, on North Square, in celebration of World Book Day.
The freestanding library box offers free books to anyone who wants one — and accepts donations of books to pass forward.
Open 24 hours a day, the honesty box library intends to complement the local library onsite, act as a local meeting place and promote sharing and reusing of books.
Rebecca Bird, Retail Manager at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, said: “The Little Free Library is a wonderful community resource, and we hope it encourages a love of reading with our local families.
“It is ideally situated next to the children’s playground, with plenty of outdoor seating to sit and enjoy a book when it is safe to do so. We look forward to welcoming our visitors back when national lockdown restrictions begin to ease in the coming weeks, but for now people are welcome to take a book to enjoy at home.”
Little Free Library is a non-profit group that promotes reading through book exchanges. The organisation’s website says there are more than 100,000 registered Little Free Library book-sharing boxes in 108 countries.
The library was designed by Christina Kalinowski, founder of Doodle Designs. The Edmonton-based arts organisation celebrates diversity, inclusion and engagement through the arts.
Christina also runs a private group on Facebook called Edmonton Parents Get Together, a place dedicated to sharing parenting ideas, activities and all things for families in Edmonton.
All 825 members of the group were consulted as part of the libraries design process, with many also volunteering to donate plenty of books to kick start the library’s book selection.
Christina said: “I had a fantastic couple of days at Edmonton Green painting the Little Free Library. I have done a lot of public facing workshops and events and this was by far my favourite.
“I loved connecting with my local community in this way and I enjoyed so many treasured conversations. I feel like having an understanding of the local area as a resident enables me to connect confidently with the public.
“I would absolutely relish the opportunity to work with Edmonton Green again and I have so many ideas to further develop a community partnership with the centre, it’s residents and the wider community.”
The Little Free Library can be found on North Square, next to Wilko.
For more information visit www.edmontongreencentre.co.uk or follow @EdmontonGreen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.