The mission of the international Little Free Library movement is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free, worldwide book exchanges and to create a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
“We are excited to offer this community program,” says Donna Amann, administrator, GMAHS. “It’s almost inconceivable that there are over 36,000 registered Little Free Libraries around the world. What a wonderful opportunity to build a sense of community through sharing the love of reading, and in our particular case, the love of history. My personal thanks to members of the GMAHS History Readers Book Club who were instrumental in making this project a reality.”
Little Free Libraries are typically hand-crafted structures filled with a constantly changing collection of books donated and shared by people of the community. Originally designed to look like a one-room school or house of books, libraries now come in all sizes, shapes and themes.
The GMAHS Little Free Library will hold up to 45 paperback books. GMAHS book club members assembled, painted and added a roof; mounted the Library and contributed books to begin the exchange. “Many of the books are ones we have read and discussed during regular monthly book discussions over the past five years,” says Amann.
The concept is simple – take a book, leave a book. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. With the GMAHS Little Free Library, the intent is to offer history-themed books of all types, including a variety of local history books. The Library is accessible 24/7. “Exchanges have a unique, personal touch, as there is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with the community,” says Amann.