Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 17-10-2018

Free Little Library opens in Noble's Park

by TH

Free Little Library opens in Noble's Park - picture

A new library has been created – in the middle of a popular park.

The Free Little Library is situated in Noble’s Park in Douglas and offers 24/7 access to books for adults and children.

Built by a team from Men in Sheds the library is an initiative from the Henry Bloom Noble Library.

Borough Librarian Jan Macartney says: "People are welcome to help themselves to the books but we’re also encouraging them to donate unwanted books.

"The whole idea of the Free Little Library is about community; Noble’s Park plays a huge role in the Douglas community, so is the perfect site."

Regeneration and Community Chairman Stephen Pitts says: "The Free Little Library is an example of how the Henry Bloom Noble Library is far more than a 'bricks and mortar' service and how libraries are fulfilling a wider role in response to a 24/7 culture and users’ heightened expectations.

"The value of the gift of reading can never be overstated. Literacy is empowering and transformational.

"The Free Little Library is about providing people, especially children and young adults, with another option for accessing the written word and discovering, in a new and informal way, the joy of books."

"The whole idea of the Free Little Library is about community; Noble’s Park plays a huge role in the Douglas community, so is the perfect site."

Jan Macartney, Borough Librarian

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