New little free library installed

(From left) Recent Jonathan Alder Local Schools retirees Cheryl Brockman and Terri Stahl, along with Mary Jo Boyd, school board vice president, hang out at the new little free library located on Route 38 in London.

(Posted July 7, 2017)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Three retiring Jonathan Alder Local Schools teachers have left a legacy designed to continue the education of children.

Anne Gorman, Terri Stahl and Cheryl Brockman may have left the classroom, but their love for the children will continue in the community. The three left behind a Little Free Library that is already stocked with books. The little library, made with the assistance of Brockman’s husband Scott, sits at 4935 State Rte. 38, London.

Under the guidance of art teacher Janel Luker, Plain City Elementary students painted the little free library.

Little Free Libraries, many built in unusual designs, can be found in communities across the nation. They even have a website,, where the little libraries can be registered to help people locate them.

“I would love to see more libraries built around the community in places where students don’t have easy access to a public library,” said Brockman.

The Jonathan Alder little library was painted by Plain City Elementary students with guidance from art teacher, Janel Luker.

What makes this little library stand out is the roof, which is made from slate from Canaan Middle School.

There is one basic rule to little libraries: “Take a book; leave a book.”

Brockman says she has nine boxes of children’s books. The Jonathan Alder Education Association has pledged to continue to be the librarians and keep the library stocked with books once school starts in August. Other students and teachers have also donated books.

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