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Mar 12

Little by little, one for the books

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Scarborough (Maine) Public Library has been offering a central place for residents to get books of all genres for more than 100 years. Now, there is a push to get literature into residents’ hands in a much different way.

This spring, the library will launch two Little Free Libraries, small privately operated libraries in which people can take or leave a book as they see fit: one at Memorial Park and one at the trail head of the Eastern Trail.

The first Little Free Library was started by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009. The goal was to inspire the creation of at least 2,510 Little Free Libraries, the amount of libraries Andrew Carnegie helped to start. That was achieved in August 2012. As of January 2016, there were more than 36,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 70 countries. Approximately 9.3 million books are exchanged each year via Little Free Libraries.

Former preschool director Connie Weed opened this Little Free Library outside her Asselyn Drive home as a way to share the books she has accumulated over the years. There are few limitations on what books can be offered or rules regarding how Little Free Libraries can be run. The Little Free Library organization strives to “promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

The idea is simple: Like municipal libraries, the Little Free Libraries offer the public an opportunity take a book free of charge. Those who take a book are encouraged to leave a book in return the next time they visit, although it doesn’t have to be the one they borrowed.

 

Read the entire article at http://sentry.mainelymediallc.com/news/2016-03-11/Community/Little_by_little_one_for_the_books.html

 

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