Have you heard about Little Free Libraries? As it says on their website, “It’s a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”
Now, the town of Arlington has a brand new Little Free Library of its own. It was featured in the January 2015 “Wags and Tags” A-DOG (Arlington Dog Owners Group) newsletter, and A-DOG has graciously allowed us to re-publish it here.
Menotomy Rocks Park Little Free Library: A Handcrafted Resource for Menotomy Rocks Park Book Lovers
by MaryAnna Foskett
A local book group, established in 1996, who call themselves “The Rambling Readers,” were charmed by the idea that they might join the “Little Free Library” movement and install one of the book boxes at an accessible location in Arlington. The Little Free Library movement began in Wisconsin, inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s support of public libraries and traveling “bookmobile” libraries popular at the beginning of the 20th century. There are now many thousands of “little free libraries” worldwide.
One of the Rambling Readers convinced her newly-retired Wisconsin-born husband to build a free library from recycled wood. The rest of the RR’s underwrote the effort and applied for and received permission from the Arlington Parks & Recreation Department to place the “library” in Menotomy Rocks Park. Voila! The “Menotomy Rocks Park Free Library” was installed on some very cold days in mid-November by builder Clif Fonstad and installer Pete Howard.
As it says on the plaque: “Take a book, if you want. Leave a book, if you can.”