Let’s start with the “little” part, shall we? Our lovely Safety Harbor Public Library is thrilled to be stewards of two Little Free Libraries to pop up in the village in the next week. These public art pieces will be housed with books that are free to anyone who stops by… that’s right, no library card needed. It’s a “take a book, leave a book” community gathering place, and it’s here in the village for the purpose of sharing literature and the love of books.
Now… onto the cause or campaign. The Little Free Library was created by Todd Bol, who constructed a miniature one room schoolhouse and hoisted it upon a sturdy foundation on his front lawn. He filled it with books–free to anyone–for the purpose of promoting literacy and sharing the joy of reading. The Little Free Library movement has grown rapidly since it first began in 2009. Today there are about 15,000 LFLs worldwide granting free access to books to all that visit.
LFL’s mission is:
– To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
– To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
Pictured is one of the first two LFLs which Safety Harbor Library will be sponsoring. This brightly colored library was constructed and designed by fellow villagers, Steve Puskas and Susan Kelly. The other is a Key West style cottage created by Michael Wille, another one of our villagers. The library’s goal is to have a total of 10 LFLs stationed at various parks around town. Want to get involved and build your own??? Well, you know, we’re gonna list that info below, but first… the quote. It’s long…BUT…ahhh, so grand…
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
*To learn more:
Little Free Library
*To get involved locally:
Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas
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