A Little Free Library
By Christy Crosser
A growing trend locally and worldwide, Little Free Libraries, promotes literacy and the love of reading, while also building a sense of community (littlefreelibrary.org for more information). Lutie Stearns is credited for this concept and between 1895 and 1914 she traveled thousands of miles in a horse-drawn wagon to fill little libraries with books. Not unlike what is happening now.
The Pinewood Springs community, just eight miles from Lyons on Highway 36 announced their Little Free Library
naming it Pinewood Paperbacks. According to Megan Hansen, Library Development Specialist of Little Free Library, Pinewood Paperbacks has been selected as a Library of Distinction, for its unique design and creativity, which is “an inspiring example for other Little Free Library Stewards to follow.” (pinterest.com/susanmooney/little-free-libraries)
Local resident Kerry Grimes presented this idea during a property owner’s meeting, and he and others went to work to make this happen. The Little Free Library is located near the mailboxes on Highway 36. This little library is open to residents and guests visiting and traveling through Pinewood Springs.
Residents are invited to donate books and keep it stocked with a variety of literary genres: fiction and nonfiction books including history, puzzles, short stories, poetry, mysteries, sci-fi, literary, biographies, romance and more. Kerry stated, “We are especially interested in books for children, young adults and teens.”
Thanks to the following Pinewood Springs residents for their involvement: Kerry Grimes, Tom Koby, Dan Cundall, Gabi Benson, Art Caruso, Laura Burfield and Christy Crosser. Happy summer reading.