A Little Library

By Andrea Cordle
Southwest Editor

Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle Audriana Bocook of Grove City makes her selection from the Little Free Library in the Gardens at Gantz.
Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle
Audriana Bocook of Grove City makes her selection from the Little Free Library in the Gardens at Gantz.

Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the country and Grove City is no exception.

There is now a Little Free Library in the Gardens at Gantz, located on Home Road.
The motto of the Little Free Library is, “Take a book, return a book.”

Those using the library can take a book and return that same book or replace it with another.

Kim Conrad, director of Grove City Parks and Recreation said she and her staff members started discussing the idea to put a little library at a public park last year.

“We wanted to start there and we will just see how it works,” said Conrad.

Conrad said they chose Gantz Park because it is a popular spot in the city.

“Kids or adults can pick out a book and read it in the garden,” said Conrad.

She said the books selected for this library are appropriate for families and include fitting topics such as gardening and nature.

The Little Free Library movement started in Wisconsin in 2009. Creator Todd H. Bol built one in honor of his mother, who was a teacher. He placed the little library on a post in his front yard.

In 2012, the Little Free Library was established as a nonprofit organization.

According to the organization’s website, its mission is to promote literacy and a love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. It also serves to build a sense of community.

Since January 2016, there were 36,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide.

According to littlefreelibrary.org, anyone (an individual or organization) can build a Little Free Library. The cost to build and install can range from $5 to $150. There is a one-time registration fee of $45.

Little Free Library plans to grow to 100,000 libraries worldwide by the end of 2017.
Grove City also plans to grow its Little Free Libraries.

“Eventually, we want to place them in several different areas,” said Conrad.

According to Conrad, local boyscouts are working on a project to install two more of the libraries at Henceroth Park and Fryer Park.

The Little Free Library at Gantz Park is the second one in Grove City. The first was installed at a private residence on Kenny Lane.

For more information on the Little Free Library, visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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