Miniature libraries first popped up in the US, and now they’ve made their way to Ireland. Based on the Little Free Library project across the Atlantic, the Free Wee Library was founded in Donegal in 2013, with additional locations spreading down through the country.
Its works quite simply – each little miniature library (a case made from wood and glass) is stocked with a number of books for kids and adults. There’s no librarian, however, and the miniature libraries function on an honesty policy, relying on you to return a book if you take one.
Children should always be encouaraged to read, but the same goes for adults. It allows for stress reduction, broadens your knowledge, improves memory and concentration and, if you avail of your local library (miniature or otherwise), it’s a great form of free entertainment.