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“Little Free Library” Grand Opening Celebrates Literacy, Community

Amy Gaukel

By Amy Gaukel

Innisfil, Ontario, July 29, 2016. Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, frontyard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries, from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library at 808 9th Line, Innisfil will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

Mark Solomon and Amy Gaukel will be officially opening Innisfil’s first Little Free Library this Civic Holiday weekend. “Our Little Free Library is a way for us to give back to our community, and to help build community. We hope that children and adults alike will find joy and delight in reading and in sharing their favourite books with others,” says Mark Solomon. “We are very excited to have built the first Little Free Library in Innisfil. The response from our friends has been wonderful, with many offers of books for all ages to help stock the library.”

How it works: We initially stock the LFL with a variety of good quality books that we hope will interest our community (2) Community members stop by and take whatever catches their fancy (3) They return and bring books to contribute when they can. LFL books are always a gift, never for sale!

The couple plan to stock the library with more than just books. “We plan to share seasonal items in the Little Free Library, as well. Things like fishing lures during ice fishing season, seeds in the Spring, and perhaps some other items as well. We see this as another way to build a sharing community in Innisfil,” said Amy Gaukel. They’ve also created social media accounts to help promote the LFL. Check them out on Facebook (@InnisfilLittleLibrary1) and Twitter (@Lil_libinnisfil) for the latest updates on what’s in stock.

The couple have also built a Geocache into the library itself, another way to attract people to the site. Geocaching is like a global scavenger hunt, encouraging people to find new places in their own community or new places while they travel. There are over 2 million geocaches worldwide. Anyone can sign up for free online and start hunting for caches!

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries.

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