Louise Riley has a new friend. Now, there is a free library located outside of 10th street’s popular coffee shop: the Roasterie. Called the 10st Street Community Micro Library, it is the work of two bibliophiles: Nancy Dick and John Wessler. This little library was repurposed from an unused newspaper box found beside one of the local businesses.
Little libraries have been popping up all over the city. Some are part of the US based movement while others are based on it. Artist Cheri Macaulay and her neighbours constructed and decorated the first Calgary Little Free Library in Brentwood . Calgarian Kevin Bentley built little libraries made of recycled wood in his Highland Park backyard. (He is probably still doing it)
The Little Free Library movement started in Wisconsin and has become global in its reach. The concept is simple: build a little free library, stock it, and then take a book, read it and return it or leave a book for someone else to enjoy. All sparked by the love of reading and of books. Libraries everywhere, big or little promote literacy. Literacy opens doors.
What a wonderful way to “pay it forward”.
The Central library will soon reopen and all the Central stragglers, like myself are going back. I will really miss this branch. Working at Riley has been a great experience. Both the staff and community are wonderful. What a community, it is! Both library branch and community embrace the love of learning and of books.
Check them both out!