Little Free Libraries – Offering a world of knowledge to young minds
Thanks to Riverwoods residents Rich and Kathy Koomjian, a Little Free Library has come to Riverwoods! The idea is to inspire a love of reading, to build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. Since its inception this idea has sparked more than 60,000 public bookcases branded as Little Free Libraries around the world.
The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin. He mounted a wooden container designed to look like a one-room schoolhouse on a post on his lawn and filled it with books as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. Bol shared his idea with his partner, Rick Brooks, and the idea spread rapidly, soon becoming a “global sensation”.
Today, we are fortunate to have our own Little Free Library on the grounds at Village Hall. The custom-built wood library offers a varity of subject matter for residents to enjoy. The idea is simple. Borrow a book, return it, or replace with another book, and keep the energy growing. But there is more, A second Little Free Library has existed on the trails deep in Ryerson Woods for quite a few years. Of course the subject of those books will be concerned more with conservation, climate and animals.
The Village encourages you to take advantage of the knowledge and fun that you can tap into for free at these Little Libraries.