Garfield Middle School unveiled its beautiful new Little Free Library on May 28 and Principal Mark Walter wants the community to know it’s available for all to use.
The Little Free Library movement began back 2009 in Wisconsin and there are more than 25,000 across the world today. The concept is to foster reading by making books readily available to the community. You can either drop off a book for someone to enjoy or take one home to read. It’s that simple.
A few years ago, the movement gained national media attention that caught the interest of Garfield teacher Trish Csongei, now retired, and she thought it would be a great idea for Garfield and the Lakewood community. She shared her enthusiasm with Language Arts teacher Leslie Eiben and the two of them went about finding a way for it to be built.
With some hurdles and delays along the way, the dream finally became a beautiful reality. The Garfield Little Free Library is a replica of the school that was painstakingly and lovingly built by Rob Holland, husband of former Garfield teacher Jessie Holland, who is now at Emerson.
Principal Walter called what Holland created for the library “something beyond his wildest imagination.” Students gathered at the unveiling surrounded the library eager to grab the first books to be lent.
The Free Little Library will be available to everyone 24/7 and all that is asked is to act in the spirit of the plaque posted on the structure, “Take a book or share a book…imagine, explore, enjoy!”
To learn more about the Free Little Library movement, go to www.littlefreelibrary.org. The Garfield library will eventually be listed on the national registry.