The Little Free Library, an idea sparked by Putnam County Library Board Vice President Diana LaViolette, is a miniature library that provides books for all ages. It follows the take a book leave a book policy.
The Little Free Library itself is a small weatherproof box, which houses more than a dozen titles for the community to utilize complete with a plaque that says 'take a book, leave a book.'
"It's done all over the United States," explained LaViolette. "It's apparently meant a lot to various people to be able to just pick a book and maybe find a book to return."
After reading an article, which was published in American Profile, LaViolette brought the idea to the board. After little discussion the board was excited about the idea and was ready to move forward with it. LaViolette then went to her husband John to have him build the first one.
"People can open it up easily and find a book," LaViolette said. "It can be an adult book. It can be children's books. They have all kinds of choices."
The mission of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy by building free book exchanges, which make it easy for those to stop and just grab a book.
"It is something that we hope encourages more people to read," explained LaViolette. "It's important to us that the children and the people in the community have access to books and can enjoy such a wonderful thing."
The location for the Little Free Library was chosen due to residents being able to easily access it by walking or driving, as well as park personnel being able to keep an eye on it.
"The board members and the people who are trying to make this a reality will always make sure there are books in there. If people would like to donate books to it they certainly can," LaViolette said. "We are hoping that other people will be willing to contribute other Little Free Libraries."
Board members are also going to look in to approaching area schools in hopes of incorporating building a Little Free Library into one of the classes.
For more information on the Little Free Library or to build one of your own for the community contact Lisa Barker at the Circulation Desk at 653-2755 ex. 112.