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Little Free Libraries Launch in Lynchburg
“Take a book. Leave a book.” The Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Department and the Lynchburg Public Library are joining forces to help promote literacy and the love of reading in Lynchburg with the placement of three Little Free Libraries (LFLibraries) throughout the city offering free books housed in hand-made, freestanding structures to members of the local community. Three LFLibraries have already been built by members of the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club and will be installed and ready for use in Riverside Park, Lynchburg Community Market and the Ed Page entrance of the Blackwater Creek Bikeway.
The LFLibrary Network is tracked and mapped online, and the GPS coordinates of each branch is listed on www.littlefreelibrary.org which allows users to find the one closest to them. The LFLibrary movement has spread to all 50 states and throughout 40 countries. As of January 2013, there were between 5,000 and 6,000 Little Libraries worldwide. An estimated 1,650,000 books were donated and borrowed from 2010-2013.
Any individual or organization can start a LFL, and each box can be unique, allowing volunteers to create a custom, personalized design. “Once our little free libraries are in place, we hope members of the Lynchburg community will like this idea and build their own,” says Kay Frazier, Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Director. “This is an exciting program that can help put books in the hands of all. Lynchburg will go on the map, joining places from around the world, as a community that promotes and values learning and reading. Beyond that, it's just a fun thing to do!"
Lynchburg Public Library Director Marilyn Martin hopes that they reach a new audience. “We hope they might reach citizens who are out of the habit of going to the library. Now you can just pick up a book on your way out to the trail. It’s free, it’s convenient, and it’s such a great idea!”
To find out more about Lynchburg’s Little Free Libraries, visit www.lynchburgva.gov/parksandrec or Facebook at facebook.com/lynchburgparks. To learn more about the Free Little Library program and how to get involved, visit http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/.