Tribune-Courier features editor
Just about eight weeks ago Sonia and Ernest Ayo caught the “Making a difference” feature on the nightly news. It was featuring a story on a box filled with books called the “Little Free Library.”
The little free library is more than just a box filled with books however, and it was started by a man who had lost his mother and simply wanted a way to share her passion for reading. Upon mounting his little free library near the curb, the trend soon started to spread and there are currently little libraries in over 40 states and more than 20 different countries.
Last week the Ayos placed a Little Free Library in front of their home on Sherwood Drive. off of Moors Camp Hwy. This is only the third in the state of Kentucky. “We’re surprised with the interest in this,” Ernest said “It started as more of a neighborhood project”
“I’m the type of reader if I complete a book and don’t have something else waiting there for me to read I’m not happy; now I can just run up the street.” Sonia said, “It’s not just for us though, it’s designed to have a continual change of books for everyone.”
The library is it’s own little community. As people take a book out they are asked to sign their name on the inside cover. “That way you can see who has read the book and might start to notice similarities between you and another reader.” Ernest said.
The little free library is designed to hold about 20 to 30 books, and Ernest has also added a magazine rack. Anyone is able to access the library keeping in mind the “Take a book, leave a book” motto. Anyone and everyone is also able to make their own Little Free Library. They are available for purchase, but people are encouraged to build their own design to make them more unique. Additional information about putting together your own little free library is available on the website, www.littlefreelibrary.org.