Upcycled school library opens in Kildare Town

New library

Paula Campbell

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Upcycled school library opens in Kildare Town

The Principal Gerry Breslin in the new library

The children, parents and staff of Kildare Town were celebrating last week as their new library was opened.

The library was the brainchild of parents in the school who thought it would be interesting to create a library using upcycled materials.

KETNS is in its fifth year and they have a new purpose built building on the Melitta Road, Kildare Town.

They were given a room for a library but no shelves or seating area.

“When it came to getting quotes for shelves and seating it was proving to be very expensive. Some of the parents met with a view to coming up with an alternative and something different.

“We now have an amazing library which the children love,” said Principal Gerry Breslin.

“There are places for the children to hide and read. We can help the children to read but learning to love reading is more difficult. This library definitely helps. All our children look forward to their library slot every week.”

The design was created by two parents in the school Anna Kadzik and Ania Necel-Kruppa. They drew up plans and drawings and consulted with an upcycling expert – Przemek Drusewicz

Przemek had the job of sourcing materials that companies and organisations didn’t want and turning it into library furniture that was fit for purpose.

He used, amongst other things, ESB spools, crate boxes, pallets and wood from Irish Rail. He worked closely with recreate.ie to source unwanted materials. The school would also like to thank Kildare library for their support with advice and books over the past four years.