“Just hours after we put the library up, a little girl stopped and shouted to her father, who was down the street, ‘Daddy! I want to get a book!’ and my heart melted.”
Amy Viets knew that her neighborhood full of young kids, over 70% of whom live under the poverty line, would be the perfect spot for a Little Free Library. She applied to receive a sponsored Library and several weeks later, a Little Library arrived on her doorstep!
“I’m thrilled to be able to build community and offer books to kids who might not be living in a literature-rich environment,” said Viets.
“In the short time since we got our library up and running, I’ve met and visited with quite a few families and kids walking home from school who appreciated what we’re doing. In a neighborhood where poverty and political division are ruling the day, it’s exciting to see barriers coming down and people recognizing that this little book box is a small step in the right direction.”
She has had a great time watching people stop by the Library while walking their dogs or out with their families, and she reported a favorite moment when two middle-school kids shouted to her from the sidewalk that they liked what she was doing with the Little Library. That’s a hard market to impress!
In spite of one small incident where a group of kids scribbled inappropriate drawings in a little notebook kept in the Library, she feels the Library has been a great success and she keeps it stocked with books for all ages.
“Sharing books with the world from my front yard is a dream come true…I’m already planning how we’ll decorate it through the holiday season!”