Windsor Public Library and partners, Rotary Club of Windsor 1918, Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland, Life After Fifty, and Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) have been working on the Little Free Libraries (LFL) project for several months. In 2009 Rotarian Todd Bol built the very first LFL in honour of his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. Since 2009, people in over 55 countries have installed more than 16,000 of the little libraries. These LFL are run on the premise of “take a book, leave a book”. All it requires is a library of some sort, anything from a home-made wooden tree house, used laundry hamper, to an antique suitcase. These are left out in public spaces, both outdoor and indoors, and encourages use by the entire community. Most libraries have been built by private citizens who are hoping to strengthen literacy in their area. WPL and partners are hoping that our LFLs will enhance Windsor neighbourhoods while promoting literacy. We currently have a prototype built (which can be seen in the picture) and are working on several more of the same model. On September 8th, which coincides with International Literacy Day, we will be having a big unveiling across the city of the newest LFL locations.
Stayed tuned for all of the exciting information regarding this project, and who knows, maybe a LFL will be popping up in your neighbourhood! Feel free to comment below with any questions, and perhaps leave a note stating where you would like to see these LFLs set-up.