Little Free Library celebrates the love of reading, the joy of sharing in a location near you.
Happy Spring and welcome to May, which just so happens to be Little Free Library (LFL) month. If you have never heard of these libraries, you are in for quite the treat.
A LFL is a “take a book, return a book” concept that is most commonly seen as a freestanding, small wooden box filled with books. The best part is it’s free! These libraries can be found in communities around the world to share the love of reading.
Little Free Library (www.littlefreelibrary.org) is a nonprofit “that builds community, inspires readers and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries,” according to the website. “Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.”
Currently, there in more than 100,000 registered libraries in 108 countries These libraries work purely on an honor system. If you choose to take a book, you may also leave one for someone else to enjoy.
I first learned about LFLs many years ago when visiting a friend out of state. I noticed her neighbor had a cute replica of a tiny library to house books in her front yard. I absolutely loved the creativity behind the design and also the ability to share books. As an avid reader, I was excited to learn Cherokee County has seven libraries.
On my trek to explore them, I was pleasantly surprised to see that many had a variety of books including children’s books, young adult novels, fiction and even cookbooks. I also made it my mission to donate some of my favorite books for others to enjoy. I included children’s books; what better way to spread the love of reading than sharing with children. I took my daughter on my journey because she loves books just as much as her mama.
We had fun checking out the treasures to be found at Dupree Park and outside the Pie Bar in Woodstock. I encourage anyone who enjoys reading to visit a Little Free Library, and you may just find your next favorite book.
– Woodstock resident Candy Baylor is an avid reader, and shares her love of reading with her 1-year-old daughter and the members of her neighborhood book club.
7 Little Free Libraries In Cherokee County
The following structures are registered at www.littlefreelibrary.org.
E.T. Booth Middle School LFL
6550 Putnam Ford Drive, Woodstock 30189
The Little Free Library at E.T. Booth Middle School was one of the 100-library giveaway recipients celebrating LFL reaching 100,000 book-sharing boxes worldwide. It officially opened Aug. 17, 2020.
Grand Little Free Library
3055 Eagle Watch Drive, Woodstock 30189
Built to serve the community and neighborhood of Eagle Watch, and to honor Grand – a great man who loved reading to his children and grandchildren. The Grand Little Free Library houses books for children and adults and is located near the park and the pool for easy access to its residents and guests.
314 Creekbend Drive, Woodstock 30188
Cedar Mill Little Library
228 Cedar Mill Lane, Woodstock 30189
A library for the kids and young adults of our community.
Little Free Pie-Brary
8720 Main St., Suite 130, Woodstock 30188
The Little Free Pie-Brary came to be with the simple, kind gesture of a customer, who shared some books with the employees. They thought about making a little library for the office, but instead decided to make one for the community. This library became a part of the store’s “30 Days of Kindness” Project, where Day 5 celebrated “Take A Book, Leave A Book.”
513 Neese Road, Woodstock 30188
This free library box was built and created by Girl Scout Troop 10421 to give back to the community through the love of reading.
Cherokee Charter Academy
2126 Sixes Road, Canton 30114
This library was built and donated to Cherokee Charter Academy by the Dilling Family. Cherokee Charter Academy is a free public charter school with kindergarten through eighth grade.