May 8, 2012 by wcobserver
Staff Report —
Have you heard of the Little Free Libraries? A project to promote literacy and community started a few years back by two advocates of reading in Wisconsin, Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the country. Volunteers and property owners from Maine to California, and Wisconsin to Florida are building their own little book exchanges and placing them on their properties. Unique, fanciful and fun little boxes are popping up all over the country and book exchanges are ensuing.
Has your local library closed? Do you live in a rural area where the nearest public library is a long drive away? Or maybe you are just coveting a copy of your neighbor’s first edition? Then maybe Little Free Libraries are for you! To find out where there is a Little Free Library close to you check out their website at www.littlefreelibrary.org where you will find a nationwide listing of libraries along with photos and a map with GPS settings of libraries close to you.
Winslow’s first Little Free Library, built and hosted by John Ford, is at the corner of VanBuren Avenue and Bromley Lane. John is an avid cook and his library’s focus is on cookbooks and other books about food. Interested in a new recipe for a great chocolate dessert? A flavorful flan or a terrific tofu? Stop by and help yourself to part of his extensive cookbook collection. There is no charge. Take a book and enjoy it — then return it or keep it. Drop off one of your own! John has planted an herb garden around his library and plans to have scissors and plastic bags available so people can help themselves to some flavorful herbs.
Plans are underway for a workshop on building Little Free Libraries at Ozark Folkways and rumor has it that Winslow resident and Washington County Observer columnist Annie McCormick will be hosting one made of an old pie safe on her property! Interested in building your own library or visiting one close to you? Check out www.littlefreelibrary.org .