Our little town of 3,000 people recently had a BIG upgrade. No, not a new stoplight! It’s even better than a stoplight. We are now the proud owners of a little, free library in the park! I told you it was better than a stoplight.
A high school senior in our area found a need and filled it. Our school demographics here are over 60% low-income and on free and reduced lunch, which can mean limited monetary resources for things like… books.
My family spent an afternoon in the park where I was able to sit and observe each of the kids and families in the park interact with the little, free library. Most were acting out of curiosity, but all of them took a book out at some point and read at least a few pages- even the teenagers!
It made my heart happy that we have such an amazing resource here in our town, somewhere we can all come together and bond over literature.
I also loved that during our outdoor adventure at the park, we were able to pull out a book and read for a bit without having to bring one of our own.
My family did our part by donating a few books to the little free library after it had been up and running for a few months and needed a good refresh of books.
Benefits of little, free libraries:
- Promotes literature in all ages, especially in younger kids
- Promotes a sense of community and unity
- Is a great place to donate books
- Is a great resource to find new books you may not have discovered before
Does your town have a little free library? Do you take advantage of it?