Saturday 25 May 2019

'Little' libraries open in Coolaney

'Little Libraries' have begun popping up around the village of Coolaney and neighbouring Rockfield.

A Little Library aims to get more people reading by means of a free book exchange. People can leave a book in the library, while they take another one for free. Coolaney Rockfield Tidy Towns opened their first ever Little Library on the grounds of the Garda station in Coolaney village last week. All are invited to bring away a book or two and deposit a book or two. All for free. It is hoped this pilot little library will lead to a little library opening in each estate in the Coolaney Rockfield area over the next few years.

Following that, another Little Library opened outside Réalta Beaga pre-school in Rockfield.

"This has been a fantastic project to take part in for all the children who initially shared through drawings & conversations their ideas for the little library & the children & their families then helped to fundraise towards the cost of the library," said Aolish Gormley.

"One of my main goals for the pre-school has always been to help foster a sense of community within the children & help them make connections to their community. For children, a sense of community plays an important role in the development of their feelings of belonging and security.

"As someone who grew up in Coolaney I have always felt I had the most wonderful place to belong to and hopefully all the children will feel the same.

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