Little Free Libraries Come to Greenwood: Spend the Holidays with a Book!
In case you haven’t heard about it yet, something kinda cool has come to Greenwood: “Little Free Libraries.”
Sometimes, buying books for our kids can be expensive, especially if yours are voracious readers. Of course, there’s always the public library. Sometimes, however, it’s after hours or it’s closed for the holidays. During these times — or any day of the year, actually — a Little Free Library can be a handy asset to any neighborhood, and a real helpto parents with antsy kids looking for something to do.
This past summer, the Delta Garden Club built two of these fun mini-libraries. They’ve become a sensation across the U.S. and beyond in recent years. According to a Garden Club press release, it’s estimated that there are as many as 36,000 of these small book exchanges in existence in 70 countries.
The new Little Free Libraries in Greenwood are open to the public and are located at Clerico and Little Red Parks.
With help from Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood, Delta Garden Club members were able build the two tiny libraries and purchase Adirondack chairs to provide seating nearby. St. John’s United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School joined Junior Auxiliary members in donating books at all reading levels, from children’s to adult.
“The Little Free Library concept is fantastic and our goal is to provide this service to the whole city,” Pryor Hackelman said, via press release. “It’s our hope that our Little Free Libraries will bring a little more joy, a little more connection and a whole lot more books to Greenwood.”
Also according to the release, The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association. Reader’s Digest also named it one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.”
It is estimated that each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries.
To learn more, visit Littlefreelibrary.org. And of course, don’t forget: when your child gets bored during the long winter break, stop by one of Greenwood’s newest libraries and ignite his or her imagination with a great read!
By Kara Martinez Bachman