Roehampton Youngster Launches Free Library

Book share idea inspired by Disney show Shop Class

Jacob with the library box built with the help of his grandfather



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An enterprising young boy from Roehampton is doing his bit to alleviate the stresses of lockdown by launching a free library.

Jacob Zambrano-Vega, has set up the book share scheme outside his house on Elmshaw Road with the aim of giving people more access to reading while book stores are closed and the lockdown is restricting movement.

The library works by allowing you to bring a children’s book to swap with one already in the box. You leave your book along with a note.

The idea behind the free library was inspired by the Disney show “shop class”

His father Victor says, “Jacob not only loves reading but also designing and making things. With the help of his grandfather, they built this little free library to share his books and discover new ones, adding a touch of his character to the decoration.“

He added, “We hope to have many visitors and even inspire others to build or create spaces for book swaps. Whilst it’s currently in a communal space we are currently looking to speak to Wandsworth borough council to look at the possibility of a fixed area.”

Jacob said, “The reason I love this idea is because I love to read.”

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February 12, 2021

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