Situated in a brightly coloured shed by the pitch and putt course, the Library is free to use during park opening hours. Visitors can take a book to read either in a relaxing spot outside or in the warm and cosy café. If you haven’t finished the book by the time you come to leave, you are welcome to take it home! Just return it when you’ve finished or replace with another book you’ve read from your bookshelf.
The library idea was presented by Surrey Heath’s Executive Head of Business, Leigh Thornton, inspired after seeing an article about a free library in a private garden in America.
Leigh said: “We believe the free library is the first in the country to be offered within a park. The library adds another facility to the very popular Frimley Lodge Park and encourages recycling, reading and entices people to spend a little more time in the great outdoors.”
Visitors are encouraged to recycle books from home they’ve finished with by donating them for other users to enjoy. Simply bring them along to the Park and put them in the Library or leave them with the Café.
The library will play host to free storytelling for kids during the forthcoming half-term. Every day from Monday 27 to Friday 31 October, staff from the council’s leisure team will read classic children’s stories at 11am including The Gruffalo, The Slightly Annoying Elephant and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.
Frimley Lodge Park is already recognised as one of the best in the country after winning a coveted Green Flag earlier this year.