Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library located beside All Saints Episcopal Church at 1025 Virginia Avenue, NW in Norton, Virginia, will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.
Built and installed by church member Larry McKnight’s father-in-law, David Miller, All Saints has established this Little Free Library on the front lawn hoping that it will promote reading and literacy. The church is across from the city park which is used by adults and kids. As stewards, we will ensure that every book has been stamped with the church’s name, and the collection will be checked frequently.
Here’s how it works: The church has initially stocked the Little Free Library with a variety of books. Come by and take whatever catches your eye then return the books when you are finished with them. Contribute books when you can to ensure that new and interesting reading material is always on hand.
The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.
All Saints challenges other parishes to set up their own Little Free Library.
This post was written and submitted by Robin Paul Benke from All Saints Episcopal Church, Norton.