The Buena Vista Park Little Free Library got a makeover and spring cleaning, a new window, new coat of paint, and its shelves cramed full of books!
Additionally a sign has finally been ordered for the library and will be installed shortly!
This Little Free Library sees hundred of guests of all ages every month and serves as an imporant assest to the entire neighborhood, providing kids and adults access to free reading materials.
The library was installed in the park in late 2015 and has distributed over 1,000 books to the neighborhood!
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
The Little Free Library project started in 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother; she was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it, so he built several more and gave them away.
UW-Madison’s Rick Brooks (retired from Little Free Library 2014) saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a variety of goals for the common good.
They were inspired by community gift-sharing networks, “take a book, leave a book” collections in coffee shops and public spaces, and most especially by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.