Here's What It's All About!
Kylene White/ The Courier-Journal
Tiny Library in Westport (KY) is a Lesson in Give and Take
by Emily Hagedorn, The Courier-Journal
A small, hand-painted sign that says “library” points across Westport’s Main Street to the Knock on Wood and County Mercantile store and cafe.
Owner Lea Nachtman smiles when people come in asking where they can find the stacks.She directs them to walk around to the side of her front porch, where they will see a blue dollhouse with red and white stars on it filled with about 100 books...
The women hope Westport, in particular, embraces the library because the unincorporated area does not have a brick-and-mortar library of its own. The closest would be the main branch of the Oldham County Public Library in La Grange, almost nine miles away.
...At Knock on Wood, the library is under a covered section of the recently expanded porch, which means it will be available year-round. A picnic table and bench are nearby if people want to linger and read. Read more and see the beautiful photos of Kylene White.
Little Free Libraries for Small Towns
Our inaugural Small Town-- Vesta, MN Population: 340
Hundreds of small communities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the other 48 states are without public libraries. Now we have a solution to help bring free book exchanges to all those small towns - and you can help!
The idea is to promote literacy and community-building by supporting book exchanges specifically in smaller communities that do not have their own public library. To begin, the program will accept applications for towns in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We are also looking for partners in other states.
Our first 2013 challenge – at least 20 willing sponsors for 20 Little Free Libraries for small towns across the two states, resulting in 400 new Little Libraries! The next goal? 1000 Little Free Libraries throughout each of the two states. And then...just imagine the possibilities!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED--
SUPPORT ONE OR MANY
A contribution of $750 supports building, delivering, and installing a Little Library and a starter collection of books. Each Library will be officially registered and listed on the Little Free Library World Map.
Sponsors and underwriters for the Small Towns initiative will be recognized throughout the region and on a plaque on the sponsored Libraries.
Specify the Small Towns initiative when you make your contribution. To discuss a potential sponsorship of the Little Free Libraries for Small Towns initiative, contact Megan Hanson at Contact Us.
Want a Little Free Library in your small town?
Download the application below and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org