by Sonia Cassell
When I first came to Tanglewood I was so impressed with all the amenities offered. I especially liked the size and the organization of the library. However, being a former Kindergarten teacher and grandparent, I was disappointed to learn there was no children’s section! How could that be? When I inquired, I learned there was just not enough room. That information triggered a wish that I’ve had for some time; to build a Little Free Library and stock it with children’s books.
What’s a Little Free Library, you may ask? “Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
In 2009 Todd H. Bol created the first Little Free Library book exchange and placed it in his Hudson, Wisconsin, front yard in tribute to his mother, who had been a teacher. Ten years later, his idea has snowballed into a worldwide book-sharing movement. There are now more than 80,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 90+ countries, from Argentina to Zambia.”
When I first heard about this I wanted to build one and put it in the yard of my home in Indianapolis, but shortly after that, we sold that house, moved to the burbs, and came to Tanglewood. Other activities took over.
Last summer, one of my friends, who’s a teacher and woodworker, decided to offer classes for women to build things and use “POWER TOOLS!” One of those classes was building a Little Free Library. It was the inspiration and expertise I needed to fulfill my wish.
Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books. What better way to spend time with your grandchildren than reading for a quiet afternoon or at bedtime?
I live at 1827 Sunflower Circle, and I have (with Dell Kinney’s help) put my Little Free Library in front of my house. You are welcome to borrow a children’s book or two when you have young children visiting or to leave one in the library to share with others in our community. I’m so excited about this, and I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity.