Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Memorial High's Little Library

The Memorial High School Book Club will host a reception and ribbon cutting at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, for the Little Free Library #8714, which will be posted on a pole outside the high school, but inside the property’s gated area.

The reception for this novel book-sharing idea will be conducted near the Gaylord Crosswalk, outside of the high school’s Aqua Wing. The public is invited to share in this special moment.

 A Little Free Library is a box filled with books where anyone can stop and pick up one or more books, or leave one or more books for others to share. These libraries began with Todd Boll of Hudson, Wis., who built a little library box resembling a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former teacher who also loved reading and books. He put a sign on the box that said FREE BOOKS.

 Boll later met a Madison, Wis., man named Rick Brooks, who saw an opportunity in the Little Free Library to spread positive value messages about reading, books, libraries and building social communities.

These so-called Little Libraries have now spread to most states, and it is estimated that there as many as 15,000 little free libraries in countries worldwide.

 The Memorial High School Book Club intends to stock its Little Free Library with a variety of quality books that will interest area neighbors. Residents are invited to stop by and take whatever interests them, then return them, or bring other books to keep the box stocked. The books offered are always free, never for sale.

 For more information about the Memorial Little Free Library, please contact Sherri Boyd at 713-251-2679 or email sherri.boyd@springbranchisd.com.


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