Little Libraries

by Cathy Volter

The community of Dayton currently has only one Little Library, pictured above. This Little Library is located on the front of the Tharp Museum at 718 Sixth Avenue. When this unique library was requested by previous Mayor, Ken Rankle, one of Dayton’s Industrial Park companies, Metal Solutions, graciously designed and built it in the likeness of a house, signifying a warm, inviting home with many books within. Little Libraries are open 24/7. They are free and inviting. Feel free to browse and select a book. There are books available for all ages, children to adults. All that is asked is that you take a book and leave a book.

In an effort to promote the love of reading and to encourage reading and develop walkable, thoughtful communities, the Campbell County Public Library is helping Little Libraries pop up in other communities. The following cities have given permission for Little Libraries to be erected in their communities: Bellevue, Dayton, Fort Thomas, Newport and Southgate. For a $10 fee, you will get a fully built Little Library box to decorate. Your pre-fab Little Library will hold 20-30 library books. The Campbell County Public Library will also provide a “starter set” of books to go along with your Little Library.  There are a limited supply of pre-fab Little Library boxes. Be sure to submit your entry soon!IMG_1675

Now comes the fun part, decorating your Little Library. The Campbell County Public Library is having a contest and naming winners in three categories: Realistic, Book-Themed, and Creative. The winner in each category will receive a $50 gift certificate. Use your imagination to make your Little Library look like your house (realistic), a stack of books (book-themed) or a sleeping dog or just funky colors (creative)! This could be a great family project!   See the attached link to the application for registering to get your own Little Library.

“Little Libraries are a great community project and we’re excited to be able to help. It’s a wonderful way to encourage reading and makes it easy for everyone to be able to get a free book,” said JC Morgan, director of the Library.

See the newly decorated Little Libraries, at the Big Kick Off for Little Libraries at the Newport Branch on April 17 at 6 PM. The judging will take place at the event, and then the Little Library is yours to keep. You can place it on your property in an appropriate location (check with your city for individual guidelines). If you run out of books, come back to the Campbell County Public Library (any location) for a refill of generously donated books.

I am sure everyone is looking forward to seeing many Little Libraries crop up in their communities. Take a walk, grab a book from a Little Library, then curl up on a comfy chair and enjoy. Happy Reading!


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