A COMMUNITY library project which lends a little of everything rather than just books has launched a Crowdfunder appeal.

KLOTH - Kernow Library of Things, is a new community project for Falmouth, Penryn and the surrounding areas.

While regular libraries lend books, a Library of Things lends everything from tools, to kitchen equipment, camping gear and so much more. Members of the community can join for a small annual membership fee and borrow items.

With the help of Penryn Town Council, KLOTH opened in September at the Gentleman’s Hut, Quay Hill in Penryn.

In October, KLOTH was selected as one of Crowdfunder’s eight ‘Projects That Matter: Cornwall’ and is now fundraising to build and grow the project.

Edwin Love, one of the KLOTH co-founders said: “Local people have already donated some incredible things. Now, we’re crowdfunding to keep the project running and build up the library with some really useful, but expensive, items.

"Having a Library of Things means that everyone in a community shares stuff as and when they need to, instead of storing things in homes.

"We want to move away from the idea that in order to use things we have to own them.

"It’s a very simple, but beautifully powerful idea.

"We got together with a plan to connect our community, protect the environment and work towards a more sustainable and equal world.

This is the start of the journey. Now, we need your help to build and grow.”

The Library of Things movement has been gaining huge success worldwide. It’s a simple idea that encourages people to save money and help the environment while bringing communities together.

KLOTH is run entirely by volunteers and registered as a Community Interest Company. Every penny raised will go straight into the library to benefit the local community.

The KLOTH crowdfunder is now live and is at over 90% of its initial target, with stretch targets to enable them to achieve further yet to come. This can be found at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kloth

Although KLOTH has had to close temporarily due to the current national lockdown, they are taking this opportunity to improve the way everything works and say they will come back bigger and better with an improved website and user experience and a much better selection of things.

You can contact the group for more information on their website, www.kloth.org.uk their Facebook group www.facebook.com/klothCornwall or email info@kloth.org.uk