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There's a New Library in West Hartford

Concord Street resident Tracey George has constructed a 'Little Free Library' right in front of her house.

There's a new library in West Hartford, and it doesn't require a card. It's very low tech, and you don't have to be quiet when you visit it.

Resident Tracey George built it herself, out of an old kitchen cabinet. It stands right in front of her home at 27 Concord St.

"I first heard about Little Free Library on Facebook," wrote George in an email. "A friend from high school posted about how these little libraries were popping up all over Minneapolis. I grew up in Minneapolis and I just loved the idea and wanted to bring it to my street and community. I built our Little Free Library out of an old kitchen cabinet from our house. Our library's books are always changing but we try to keep a good selection for kids and adults."

George is now building a Little Free Library for . She said that Lee Gluck, the Whiting Lane librarian, fell in love with the concept and wants to have one at the school that can be accessed by students and their families all year long.

"Look where they are now," said George. The Little Free Library website shows the West Hartford location, as well as others all over the country – and throughout the world.

"Each new Little Library will be located on the map so you can find it. Soon, like Bookus Binder, you can travel from town to town, find a Library and share your knowledge," said George. 

Check out West Hartford's first Little Free Library at 27 Concord Street, West Hartford, CT 06119 www.littlefreelibrary.org/

From the Little Free Library website:

About Little Free Library The very first Little Library was built in the memory of June A. Bol by her son. It sits in the front yard of a home above the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisconsin. It is meant to look like a one-room school house. It's full of books about gardening and community life. Not a drop of water has trickled inside...but books have come and gone since its first week by the river. Get the idea? Take a book, leave a book. Leave a note!   

Free Little Library Mission To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.  To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations To build more than 2,510 libraries around the world - more than Andrew Carnegie!

free2be July 01, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Such a great idea! I was walking down Concord one day, and saw the library. Found a book for my son.
Rajkumar Oberoi July 02, 2012 at 12:21 PM
A honest gift to honest society to promote reading habits, the idea is worth propagation in India also. MY sincere obeisance to the promoters.
Hillary Sibille July 02, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Love this idea. Spreading the joy of reading is a wonderful gift.

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