A Short Ride to a Little Library

Have you ever visited a Little Free Library?  These tiny buildings are typically found in neighborhoods and promote literacy for young and old readers alike.  Using the concept of “take a book and leave a book”, the movement started in 2009.  The first library was built in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Now there are over 15,000 little libraries around the world.   

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On past bike rides in other communities I’ve seen free libraries, but not in Waukee.  So, I was delighted to hear the news of one opening only a few miles from my home.  With plans to donate to the cause, I gathered some children's books and headed out towards the town bike trail.

The timing of my ride could have been better.  As I approached the high school a stream of cars was leaving the parking lot.  I rode slowly keeping an eye out for young motorists focused on escaping the confines of their school day. 

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After reaching the residential area I quickly found the library.  It was so cute standing in the shade of a tree!  The bench next to it was a great spot for thumbing through a book.  For such a little library, there was quite a large selection to choose from.  I opted not to take a book, but did find a spot for what I brought before making my way back home.  

On the return trip I rode through Centennial Park.  Passing the tennis courts I spotted a golf ball in the grass.  I stopped and picked it up.  As bad of a golfer I am I need all the balls I can find!

The short ride to visit my town’s first Little Free Library Fun was a fun one! Kerry Burrows and Chris Wood have made a wonderful contribution to Waukee by using their front yard as a neighborhood gathering spot and providing a welcoming place for kids to "check out" books and read something fun.  

Happy Riding!

 

Articles of Interest:

Little Free Library

Waukee Kids Welcome Little Free Library