This should be every child’s dream. A library, an adorable little library, right down the block from where he or she lives.
For children in the South Main Street neighborhood of Boone, it’s already a dream come true.
With a little help from his grandchildren, Bill Richter built his own little library in the corner of his yard last summer. It’s part of a worldwide movement to get kids reading.
“The whole idea is that if you take a book, you leave a book,” Richter says. “We keep getting it replenished like that, and we try to make sure that we have all different kinds of books for different ages of children,” he says.
It’s a great way for children and families to recycle some of the books they no longer read and find something new at no cost.
“I think it’s neat,” says Richter’s grandson, 10-year-old Evan Foglesong.
Foglesong says his favorite books are usually about science and animals. His sister, Ellyn, who says she is “almost 8 years old” likes mysteries.
“I like most every kind of book,” she adds.
Richter’s woodworking skills came in handy to build the all-cedar library that stands on a 4-inch by 4-inch post sunk into the ground. The tiny cedar shingles were all hand cut and then carefully applied to protect the books inside from whatever the weather is doing outside. A glass door swings open to give kids easy access to do a little browsing in the books.
In addition to the library, Richter is considering building a cedar bench so kids can have a handy place to read before they choose books to take home. He regularly builds cedar patio furniture, so finding small pieces of leftover cedar isn’t usually a problem.
The Little Free Library movement is gaining momentum across the globe. They can be found in just about every state and in different nations the world over. Richter paid a small fee to register his library and put it on the interactive map at www.littlefreelibrary.org, for which he also received a wood sign and registered number to indicate his participation in the organization.
Richter hopes more families will stop by his Little Free Library at 112 S. Main St. and invites anyone to “take a book and leave a book.”