The Global Lens Club recently celebrated the opening of the Little Free Library at the "Rooted in Faith" Community Garden at First United Methodist Church.
This garden donates all of its collections to local charities and serves as the front lawn for the apartment complex adjacent. Many children who may not have access to books live in these apartments, so we thought with the combination of the garden's mission and location, this would be the perfect place to incorporate our little library.
Our Little Free Library is chartered with LFL and can even be found on the world map! Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. The mission of this program works with Goals 2, 4, 5, and 11, No Poverty, Quality Education, Gender Equality, and Sustainable Cities and Communities, respectively.
On March 10th, the Global Lens Club, family, and church members gathered together to celebrate the opening of the Little Library. We cut a red ribbon and everything.
The books in the library have been donated from many different areas. At World Thinking Day, a Girl Scout Event about Global Education, we collected 233 books, and club members have been donating books at our last several meetings, as well as donations from church members. The weekday school at FUMC has committed to an annual book drive to ensure the sustainability of the library.
The Times News also published a story about the Little Library: https://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20190319/more-books-for-kids-little-free-library-enhances-community-garden-at-first-united-methodist
The story on the Hendersonville Lightning:
The Building of the Little Library:
What is now the library started out as a large piece of plywood.
The after a lot of math, measuring, cutting, drilling, and piecing together, there was a frame for the Little Library.
The next step was to pick out the paint color.
We then had to prime and paint the library.
Then we added the door and all of the fashionings (door knob, lock, hinges, charter, etc.)
We then dug the hole, supported the post with concrete, and put the Little Library in the ground.
The final part of the Little Library is opening and celebrating! We had a 'ribbon cutting' event to celebrate our encouragement of literacy in Henderson County.
To all those who helped make the Little Free Library possible, thank you so much! If you are nearby, go check out the library!