While many people are shifting to thin, tech-savvy e-books, some still haven't forgotten the feeling of a traditional book — the smooth paper pages, showing character and age with the occasional coffee spot or a crooked dog-eared page marking a favorite passage.
The lure of a physical, paper book has not been entirely lost. Greendale's Little Free Libraries (LFL) will help remind local park-goers of the beauty of a book.
As a service learning project Greendale Middle School students built Little Free Libraries at Daffodil, Jaycee and Community Center Parks last June.
With the on-going debate about our national crisis in reading and literacy, Country Magazine put the spotlight on one big bright spot on the horizon – the emergence of “little libraries," particularly one on Greendale.
All across the country communities are taking it upon themselves to construct tiny libraries, many no bigger than a breadbox, where residents can leave and share and borrow books with their neighbors.
The movement is being spearheaded by Little Free Library and the website www.littlefreelibrary.org, where you can obtain a basic kit to build a little library, or customize one into a work of art. The trend is especially important in small rural communities not serviced by conventional libraries.
For more info and to get a glimpse of Greendale’s “little library,” get the October/November issue of Country Magazine or visit www.country-magazine.com/library.