Free libraries open on Bradford estate

Two Little Free Libraries are being launched this week (23rd April) in Baildon to encourage more residents – young and old – to enjoy the pleasures of reading.

The large boxes will be filled with hundreds of books to borrow and exchange. People can also donate their own books.

One box full of children’s books is sited by the Southcliffe Drive play area and another box containing books for adults has been placed outside the Incommunities’ flats, adjacent to the play area.

The project has been developed by Baildon Community Link and Incommunities with the help of funding from Bradford Council’s Shipley Area Committee.

The wooden boxes were made by some of Incommunities’ construction trainees.

A free community event at Southcliffe Drive (from 3.30pm – 5.30pm on 23rd April) will see the launch of the two free libraries. There will also be storytelling sessions organised by Baildon Library staff, poetry readings, a barbecue and some of the Bradford Bulls first teamers will be handing out free books.

The little libraries will be unveiled at the event by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Roger L’Amie.

The event will also help celebrate World Book Night (23rd April) when volunteers up and down the country will give out thousands of books in their communities.

Incommunities is supporting the project as part of its commitment to improving lives. The launch also shows the housing group’s support for Responsible Business Week (20-26th April) aimed at encouraging businesses to show the positive impact they have in communities.

Helen Gibson, Director of Incommunities – Neighbourhood Services, said: “As a socially conscious housing provider we are committed to improving the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

“We are delighted to be working with Baildon Community Link and Bradford Council on this new initiative.  These little libraries are a brilliant way of promoting the joys of reading particularly among young people and helping improve literacy levels.”

“Many households in parts of Bradford do not have the means to go out and buy books. These book boxes are a great way of accessing lots of enjoyable titles on your doorstep. It is also a positive way of bringing residents together.”

Lucy Maddison, Centre Manager at Baildon Community Link, said: “Following on from a leaflet drop, two local people have put themselves forward as volunteers to keep an eye on the two little libraries which will be installed at Southcliffe Drive,  which is really good news.

“An army of volunteers have also offered to support the community event on the day, helping to set up for the event and using their skills to run activities.  Without their help this day would not have been possible.  I’d like to thank everyone for making this event possible.”

Written on 22nd April 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News