Aylsham

Need a good read? Visit the Bookworm’s beach Hut

Just Regional
May 25, 2020 3 mins read

Three sisters in Cromer have found a new way to keep themselves occupied during lockdown by setting up their own Little Free Library outside their house.

The Bookworm’s Beach Hut offers books for children and adults, all free to borrow, and was put together by Sienna, Emilie and Florence and set up outside their home in Overstrand Road.

The girls were keen to set up the Bookworm’s Beach Hut after seeing the idea for it in a magazine in 2017. Lack of DIY skills were all that stood in their way, but once lockdown came in their uncle, Simon Melton, a builder with some spare time on his hands, stepped in and built the library for them.

They wanted to keep a coastal theme, so they painted it to look like a beach hut, adding a sign and bunting and included little beach hut accessories for the resident bookworm. They are delighted to see that The Bookworm’s Beach Hut is already getting visitors daily.

The sisters with their Bookworm’s Beach Hut library.

Sienna was one of the student librarians at The Belfry school, in Overstrand, and she has made sure she and her sisters check on it daily, updating stocks and making sure the comments book and pencils are regularly wiped with anti-bacterial wipes.

They have spent the last couple of years buying books from car boot sales, charity shops, school fetes and library sales, to help keep a good stock of availability, however they are always very appreciative of any book donations.

They also have a Facebook page – The Bookworm’s Beach Hut – detailing any new exciting arrivals and writing their own Book of the Week recommendation.

Their hope is that The Bookworm’s Beach Hut will bring the local community together through a love for books, to encourage children to read while they are not going to school and to “enable people to get escapism from the current pandemic by getting lost in a world of  imagination from the book they are reading”.

Unlike ordinary libraries, borrowers can bring back any books they like – not just the one they took away, so anyone with a book they think others might enjoy can add it to the stock.

Little Free Libraries were founded in Wisconsin, USA, in 2009 and spread all around the world, with 90,000 libraries in 91 countries.

The Bookworm’s Beach Hut is number 60,357, the first in North Norfolk and only the fourth in Norfolk.

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