One of the projects Mountain Communities Literacy Council has in the works is the installation of Little Free Libraries in various communities. Council member Belinda Woody kick-started the project and will be installing a library at the Micaville post office. She plans to have her Little Free Library open by May. Thanks to a generous donation from Chip Smith of the Asheville Citizen-Times, MCLC now has several sturdy plastic paper racks to use for the Little Free Library project. This past Saturday, member Vivian Stevens and her husband, Bill, volunteered to haul most of the racks to Burnsville. The remaining few will be picked up this week, thanks to Melissa McIntyre.
Now that we have structures to use for our libraries, we are in need of books! We need books for all ages and interests. If you have new or gently used books you would like to donate, please contact us here or through our Facebook page. If you can't donate, please share and spread the word! Thank you for your help!
What is a Little Free Library?
It's simple! A Little Free Library is a structure placed in your community or neighborhood that gives community members a place to exchange books. Patrons are asked to "take a book, leave a book." However, one of the main goals of MCLC is to get books into the hands of families and children who need them, so community members who might not have a book to leave are welcome to borrow books from the libraries and return them when finished! Click through the slide show below for some creative examples of Little Free Libraries.
Why would I want to use a Little Free Library?
How can I get a Little Free Library in my neighborhood?
How can I help MCLC with the Little Free Library project?
We're glad you asked! You can volunteer to steward a library in your neighborhood, donate new or gently used books to MCLC for use in the libraries, donate money for the purchase of books, volunteer to paint/decorate/prepare one of the MCLC libraries, or volunteer to haul and set up an MCLC library. You may even have some other suggestions to help us get these libraries into communities all across our area. If you want to help, please contact us!