23rd February 2018
After a few months of discussion behind the scenes, we were excited this week to be at the installation of the latest Little Free Library, which has been installed on Weetwood Lane, which we have donated.
For those that haven’t heard of the Little Free Library before, they are cabinets on the side of the street where people can visit and take a book, or leave a book, at no cost. The concept is really big in America, but having seen it in London, Carry Franklin brought the movement to Leeds. Carry is a Headingley resident and started the first library on Alma Road. The concept was really successful, with lots of local residents making use of it.
Carry contacted us, off the back of our Instagram page ‘liking’ all of her Little Free Library Instagram pictures (Hayley who manages our account loves the community aspect!) to ask if as a local business we’d like to sponsor a library for the local community. Of course we said yes!
As such, our idea was born. Carry’s joiner friend was busy making the library, whilst Carry and another friend worked on the design. With us being an Estate Agents, we considered having ours built in the shape of a house, but after further discussion we agreed that the libraries of Leeds should be the same style. Carry’s artistic flare then came out and proposed we have a bee/sunflower theme. The sunflowers are the same colour as the Moores branding, the bees are the attracted to the sunflowers and the cabinet is the hive. We loved the idea!
We were grateful to be invited along to the installation, along with Carry, the joiner, the occupier of the house the library is now a part of and members of the Far Headingley Village Society. We had tea and cake and talked about how great this concept is and how it brings communities together. A few of us donated books, too. The top shelf is adult fiction and the bottom shelf children’s books – something for all!
If you are passing Weetwood Lane, almost opposite Weetwood Primary School, you’ll see the library. Please visit to admire the artwork, take a book or leave a book. This is the 7th library to be installed, with others in Headingley, Bramley, Farsley, West Ardsley, Chapeltown and Oakwood, with others due in Rawdon and Meanwood very soon!
We’d like to thank Carry and her team for bringing the movement to Leeds.