Earlier this summer we told you about the Ford Family Leadership Program that seeks to draw together good hearted volunteers making a quality of life enhancement in their communities. The group evaluated a number of ideas gleaned from across the country and the group chose “Little Free Libraries.” The idea of the micro libraries, that look a lot like bird houses, was first hatched by a man whose mother was a school teacher back in Wisconsin that imbued in him a lifelong love for reading and learning. He set out to honor his mother by building little free libraries like the one in these pictures, taken at Sam Case School on Monday. The idea spread countrywide to where there are tens of thousands of them, not only in the U.S. but also many other countries.
The first little free library in Newport was constructed with volunteers who spent weeks learning from the foundation and helping to carry out their philosophy of improving communities. These little libraries will be stocked by local groups aimed at those who just want a good book to read, or to learn more about the world around them. It’s also aimed at improving local literacy which is a precursor to any successful life.
The next Little Free Library will be built at the First Presbyterian Church, right outside Newport Food Pantry where those having a hard time with the economic adjustments still happening around the country can still nourish their bodies as well as their minds with what’s inside a little free library.
For those who would like to partake of the library program feel free to walk right up to the little library…peruse what’s there, take it home and read it. Then bring it back for someone else to read. Often, those returning “checked out” books will stop and linger, having informal chats about the books they’ve read and recommending other books to their new found acquaintances.
Before the summer is through the group will erect 11 Little Free Libraries throughout Lincoln County.