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Little Free Libraries Sprout Up in Winslow

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December 7, 2012 by wcobserver

Special to the Observer

By John Ford

Little Free Libraries Sprout Up in Winslow

Ozark Folkways hosted a workshop this past weekend with Tod Bols, co-founder of the Little Free Library movement that is sweeping the nation. Sponsored by Home Depot and coordinated by Fayetteville resident Judith Levine, workshop participants attended a brief presentation by Mr. Bols and then built small book exchange “libraries” to take home and display curbside. According to  Ozark Folkways Director, Rebecca Buchannan, the workshop was a “ resounding” success. Attendees were from the immediate Winslow area as well as Fayetteville, Alma and Van Buren.

The Little Free Library movement was started by Mr. Bols and Rick Brooks who both hail from Wisconsin. Since 2009, over 2500 Little Free Library book exchange boxes have sprouted up all over the United States and worldwide. A non-profit , tax exempt organization, Little Free Libraries goal is to promote literacy through book exchange boxes. “Library” patrons are encouraged to take a book and return it or another. While you can purchase a kit online for your own library, there are also free plans and library stewards are encouraged to build their own book exchange boxes and customize them according to their whim. Libraries are registered online at www.littlefreelibrary.org where those searching for a library can view photos of local libraries complete with brief mission statements and gps coordinates.

On Tuesday, December 4 the Fayetteville Public Library will host Mr. Bols for a lecture on the Little Free Libray movement and how to generate community interest in the Walker Community Room. For more information visit www.littlefreelibrary.org and www.faylib.org

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