Hello lovely people
My dear friends are raising money to build a volunteer library for teenagers with special needs at a local school. If you have a few quid burning a hole in your pocket, it’s a fabulous cause. They’ve set up a Kickstarter page for funding, so it would be great if we could help.
Bardaid are a collection of poets who have, over the past ten years, raised money through spoken word performances to buy books from performance poets and storytellers, which they have then donated into over twenty schools nationwide. To date they’ve donated over £4,000 worth of books and have had excellent feedback from both teachers and school librarians.
In May 2015 they set up a library in a broom cupboard in a special measures school in Hertfordshire as they’d previously had no library at all. A return visit in Feb 2018 showed that it had been so successful that they had since expanded the initial few shelves into a whole room.
In December 2017 Bardaid bought a dilapidated telephone box in Long Marston, renovated it and converted it into a community library.
On the 12th and 13th Of May 2018 they will be hosting a literary festival at the Victory Hall, Station Road, Long Marston, near Tring Hertfordshire HP23 4QP and The Queens Head, next door, in order to raise the money needed to turn a derelict stable at Animal Antiks School; a school on a farm for special needs children and young adults, into a library. The Stable Library will be their biggest project to date and is a much needed and long awaited addition to the school. It would be lovely to see you at the festival too. Put it in your diary!