A library with a difference is now available in Rodley, encouraging people to visit their local canal and pick up a book at the same time.
The Leeds Little Free Library initiative and community group Light Up Rodley approached Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, about the idea of installing the bookcase next to the waterway to encourage people to make time to enjoy a good book.
Brightly painted with a wildlife design, the library has been stocked with a selection of recommended titles for children and adults to borrow.
Carry Franklin from Leeds Little Free Library said:
“We are delighted to have installed our 23rd little library in this beautiful spot beside the canal. We hope that both passers-by and the local community get a lot of pleasure from their little book exchange.”
Jane Ingham, secretary for Light Up Rodley, commented:
“We are delighted with our new Little Free Library which is a result of fundraising locally. Thanks to co-operation between Leeds Little Free Library, the Canal & River Trust and ourselves the location alongside the canal is another fabulous benefit for those living in and visiting Rodley.”
Tom Wright, development and engagement manager at Canal & River Trust, added: “We believe that life is better by water and want to encourage the people of Rodley to get out along their local canal as often as possible.”
The Rodley library is the 23rd in the Leeds Little Free Library scheme. Full details of all locations are available on their Facebook page.
The opening comes just a month after a Little Free Library was unveiled on the Westdale estate in Pudsey and last week another library was unveiled in Newlay. They can also be found in West Leeds at Landseer Grove in Bramley and The Newlands in Farsley.