Our Little free Library was hit by a car and is in the Little Free Library hospital being repaired. It should be as good as new and back to serve you soon!

So what is a Little Free Library? In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. Grace now has its own Little Free Library--started by Grace member Kevin Syltebo--for the West Bellevue community to use. Come see it and utilize it now that it is installed and open for business on NE 8th Street:

The History of Little Free Library: In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former schoolteacher who leaved reading.  He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it.  He built several more and gave them away.  Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. A colleague joined him and together they saw a variety of goals for the common good. They were inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s support of 2,509 free public libraries around the turn of the 19th to 20th century and the heroic achievement of Miss Lutie Stearns, a librarian who brought books to nearly 1400 locations in Wisconsin through “traveling little libraries” between 1985 and 1914. Their 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 generation.

Excerpted from the “Little Free Library” website.  To learn more or to see some examples of structures that have been built, visit littlefreelibrary.org.