Those of you who’ve been following this blog for some time will recall that in Great Linford in Milton Keynes there was a small shop, appropriately named ‘The Little Bookshop’. It was a second hand bookshop where you could also have a drink and a snack, and was quite a sweet place to take children. Well it sadly closed in 2016 which was rather a shame. However, much to our delight we discovered that in May 2018 a ‘Little Free Library’ had opened up next to where the shop is. We went to have a look and explore what else we could do in the area for free. Watch the video below and then scroll down for more information.
What is the Little Free Library in Great Linford?
The Little Free Library is a wooden cabinet full of books at the local centre in Great Linford. It contains both books for adults and children. The idea behind these kind of libraries is that they offer a way to share good things to read. They want to include books you’d recommend, childhood favourites, and books that teach and intrigue. So what can you do? Well the people behind it want to you to take books home to read; share books – so either pass them on to a friend or return them to the library; or donate books. When we visited my two sons chose a couple of books each to read, and we’re going to look to return them soon. There was a good selection there and plenty to choose from. There was also a guest book to sign.
Where is the Little Free Library?
The Little Free Library is located at the local centre in Great Linford just around the corner from the Co-op. You can easily park there. The postcode is MK14 5HA.
What else is near the Little Free Library?
Opposite the library is a table tennis table. There’s also a pretty pond with fountain and ducks you could feed, as well as a bench for a picnic. The shops include a Costa, the Co-op and a charity shop which sells lots of good toys. Whilst there I’d definitely recommend the short walk to the Dragon park. Walk out of the local centre car park and turn left on to St Leger Drive, cross over the road, keep walking past Paddock Close and shortly afterwards to your right you’ll see a path (just before the school). Walk down there and you’ll come to the park on your left. The park was revamped a couple of years ago and includes a big slide, climbing frame, roundabout and basketball courts. Good for a range of ages and plenty of space to run around.
We want to spend more time in the area, where else can we visit?
If you’re travelling from further afield, or from the other side of Milton Keynes then you may want to visit Stanton Low Park which is nearby and is one of the biggest and best parks in MK or if you fancy a walk in the woods then Linford Wood isn’t far. It includes an art trail, although some of the sculptures have seen better days from what I’ve heard.
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