The Evergreen Community Library is working to make borrowing books easier in its large district. Little Free Libraries will be set up in several area communities.
Because the Evergreen district spans 128 square miles, it may be a challenge for some people to visit the actual library building in Metamora. With this in mind, library board member Cindy Vance suggested a grant to create Little Free Libraries, small wooden, house-like boxes that will contain free books for all.
Better World Books, an online book selling business that recycles books and also helps fund high-impact literacy projects in the U.S. and around the world recently awarded Evergreen Community Library a grant for $6,433. This grant money will be used to promote literacy throughout the Evergreen district by creating Little Free Libraries in Ai, Assumption, Berkey, Chesterfield area, Lyons, and Richfield Center.
“The six Little Free Libraries will help us stay visible in our large service area,” said Jane Dominique, Evergreen Community Library director.
The exact locations of two of the six Little Free Libraries have been determined. The Assumption library will be on Simon Avenue and the Berkey location will be in front of Growing Minds Learning Center at the corner of N. Berkey Southern Road (State Route 295) and Sylvania-Metamora Road.
The premise of the Little Free Libraries is to “take a book, return a book.” This allows neighbors to share their favorite books with others and the Little Free Libraries to always be stocked. Each Little Free Library will be listed on a world map on LittleFreeLibrary.org, which is an online organization that promotes projects such as this.
“The library will be supplying the six Little Free Libraries with donated and duplicate books as needed,” Dominqiue said. “The grant included an amount to purchase gently used books online. Residents are invited to take a book and leave a book also.”
The library will be accepting donations of new and gently used books to fill these Little Free Libraries as an on-going project. Those interested in donating gently used books, can contact the library at 419-644-2771.
Library officials hope to have the first Little Free Library installed by mid-September with a completion date of all installations by Oct. 1.
“The Little Free Libraries will be another opportunity to promote literacy in our community,” said Dominique. “Our monthly library newsletters will also be inside the Little Free Libraries to advertise our monthly programming. Hopefully these efforts will encourage library use at the Evergreen Community Library.”
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010