New Little Free Library

by Handymag

At the end of the summer a Little Free Library is coming to Norton. It will enable the community to stop and browse or exchange books 24/7, essentially a book swap facility.

Crafted as a lockdown project from the off-cuts of wood and left-over paint found in their garage Sarah Tyson and her family are donating it to their community in the hope that once it is in situ it will be used and enjoyed by readers of all ages.

The precise of location of the library is still to be determined but Sarah would like it to be in central Norton so it is easy for children and young people to access on their way back from school or college.

On social media she requested people with unwanted second-hand books to give them to the project so that there would be a good selection to get the library up and running. She says, “I was delighted that so many people contacted me to say they had bags of books ready for collection. It seems people were having a lockdown clear-out so the timing was perfect!”

She explained that “Once the library is up and running the idea is that people choose a book they would like to read and replace it with one they have already read. In theory there should be a steady turnover of stock. If people find a book they love, of course they are welcome to keep it, we just hope that they bring a replacement on their next visit else it will empty very quickly”.

A keen reader herself Sarah has been committed to promoting literacy for many years, as a volunteer with the Ryedale Book Festival and more recently running her own business ‘Books Up North’ as a Literary Consultant and Events Producer serving the North of England.

She is grateful for the support of Norton Town Councillors Di Keal and Ray King and to the volunteers who have agreed to join a rota to help maintain the library. If you would like to be involved in making it a success, or have books to donate, Sarah requests you contact her on 01653 698 344 or via her website

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