Saturday, February 7, 2015

Little Free Libraries Coming to Hattiesburg

I had a wonderful afternoon attending two events, the first one an exhibit of Little Free Libraries at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. These have been designed, constructed and painted by residents and will be placed in various locations about the city. The variety of types was amazing. Here are only four of the dozens on display. The little houses were displayed on pedestals with information about the builder, painter, and where the house would be placed.

The second event was an exhibit, video, and talk by Rosemary Wells, a children's author and illustrator whose work has spanned more than 40 years and 120 books. In 2002 she received the USM Medallion, an award for distinguished service in the field of children's literature, awarded for her total body of work, rather than for one particular work. 


Whynottryitagain: movies, quilts, making said...

What a cool idea! I read about this somewhere else (in Germany, maybe?), but hadn't heard of it here in the U.S. Imagine if quilting books or poetry were available? Thank you for sharing.

Martha Ginn said...

Marcus, we had about 20 houses built and decorated--one a replica of our main library, another a huge two-story. They'll be placed all over town.
Go to Quoting from the site: "It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. 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. You can, too!"

Vivian Helena said...

I think this is wonderful and posting for our Friends of the Library... great idea and follow through..