Little Free Libraries may be popping up in your neighborhood
EVERETT - Small boxes packed with books will be seen on neighborhood streets thanks to volunteer efforts.
Volunteers are putting up Little Free Libraries, which are small, often handmade kiosks for people to take or leave books as they please.
The south-central Evergreen Neighborhood will have three Little Free Libraries soon thanks to neighbors Dennis Hacker and Bob Higbee, who are building the kiosks.
Evergreen’s first Little Free Library will be unveiled during a work party at the Madison-Morgan park property, 528 Madison St., at noon Saturday, April 20. Neighborhood chair Joan Blacker is trying to arrange to have Everett Public Libraries Northwest Room historian David Dilgard put in the first book.
Meanwhile, in the Riverside Neighborhood, Girl Scout Troop 42903 is fundraising to put in a Little Free Library at Riverside Park by the end of April or May, troop leader Misty Finlayson said. The park is located at the corner of Everett Avenue and east Grand Avenue.
A Little Free Library currently exists at the corner of 15th Street and Lombard Avenue and appears to be Everett’s first.
Little Free Libraries first sprang up in Wisconsin a few years ago with a simple idea to foster literacy: Build one and people will use it.
Today, more than 1,000 Little Free Libraries exist worldwide.
Everett resident Lori White and her partner Marc Baker built the 998th Little Free Library last year at the corner of 15th Street and Lombard in the Northwest Neighborhood.
The project’s idea is to encourage neighbors and friends to share their books.
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