This is about our Little Free Library in Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK. This community project was grant aided by West Oxfordshire District Council.
I have been stockpiling Roald Dahl books ready for Roald Dahl Day in September, but I decided to put a few copies of his book The BFG in the Little Free Library this week, to coincide with the release of the new movie adaptation by Steven Spielberg. This year would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, so look out for the hashtag #roalddahl100 on social media leading up to September.
To encourage children to pick up a copy of The BFG, I made a few dream jars out of old jars that I had around the house (for those of you unfamiliar with the story, the BFG collects dreams and stores them in massive glass jars). I put one copy of the book in the Little Free Library alongside one dream jar, and they were taken within a few hours! The next day, I did the same with another copy of the book, and again, they were snapped up almost straight away.
The first anniversary of our Little Free Library actually coincides with Roald Dahl Day next month. We’re planning a small event in our garden, next to the Little Free Library, for people in our community to stop by. I’m aiming to have all the books that are in storage out in the garden, for people to take as many as they like, and have a few activities set up for children, related to Roald Dahl. I have a lot of empty jars, so I’m thinking children could use stickers to decorate their own dream jars to take home.
Any thoughts, comments or suggestions are welcome!