- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"A Library is a delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life."
- Norman Cousins
"Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
Not too long ago I reviewed this book: "Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle."
The author, Elsa Takaoka is informing her readers that it will be available free of charge on Amazon July 25-27th. This picture book, for kids 3-5 discusses the art of teaching active listening skills. Please check it out.
Ever heard of "Free Little Libraries?" In it's most basic form, a Free Little Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. It is a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbours share their favourite literature and stories.
The idea was popularized in Hudson, Wisconsin when Todd Bol mounted a wooden container designed to look like a school house on a post on his lawn as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. Bol shared his idea with his partner Rick Brooks who found many efficient ways to spread the word and the idea spread rapidly. As of February 2013, all 50 states and 40 countries worldwide have been involved in this literary program. The original goal was the creation of 2,150 Free Little Libraries, which has surpassed the number of libraries founded by Andrew Carnegie. As of January 2014, there are over 15, 000 Free Little Libraries worldwide, and counting. An estimated 1,650,000 books were donated and borrowed from 2010-2013.
Libraries have been donated to rural areas that have no libraries of their own, or that have been ravaged by disasters. Each Library is uniquely built incorporating materials from the community it is located in.
- source Wikipedia.org
Take a peek at these and if you Google "Little Free Libraries" (images) watch out and stand back......
Living proof about the importance, fun and responsibility of stewarding such a creation....in her own words....
Jean Fischer is a multi-published freelance writer of nonfiction, fiction, and educational material. She was the former editor and creative manager at Golden Books Publishing Company. Here is her experience erecting a "Little Free Library."
Have a wonderful day everyone and remember to read on and read always!