The University implemented its first Little Free Library in our Whipple Park community during the summer of 2014. Since then we have added three more. They are located in University Park, The Children’s School at URMC (pictured above), and in the Neighborhood of the Arts outside of URMC’s Center for Community Health. Having these book sharing houses on our campuses aligns well with the goals of sustainability by fostering a sense of community and promoting the reuse of books and materials used to construct the houses.
The purpose of the Little Free Library project is “to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” The basic idea is that if you “take a book, leave a book.” While the program has taken off quite well and many do leave books to be enjoyed by others, from time to time our selection runs a little low, particularly on young children’s books in our Whipple Park community location.
Last summer we were able to form a partnership with Brighton Memorial Library, who agreed to supply us with books no longer needed by the library to restock our libraries as needed. We would like to give a long overdue thank you to Ken Harbison for his facilitating our request. We are very grateful to have this resource as an option!