Little Free Libraries have come to Douglas County! Four have been installed and are active, and more are planned and desired.
Little Free Libraries are just that – small pole-mounted cabinet structures that contain two shelves and a glass door. New and used books are inside for the purpose of a neighborhood book exchange. Take a book to read. Return a book or keep it. Leave a book for someone else to read. There is no cost, no registration, and no library card needed. It’s basically a public bookcase!
Its purpose is to build community, spark creativity, and inspire readers. One of the most successful ways to improve the reading ability of children is to increase their access to books. Many low-income families have no books at home. The Little Free Libraries contain books suitable for all ages.
The first three Little Free Libraries in Douglas County were constructed through the Rolling Hills Resource and Development Council and funded by a grant from the GreyStone Foundation. The Anchor Clubs of the high schools in Douglas County constructed the fourth, and a privately-funded one will soon be installed. The current locations are:
· Deer Lick Park, 2015 Mack Road – adjacent to the entrance to the gymnasium
· Boundary Waters Aquatic Center, 6100 Ga Hwy 92/166 – adjacent to the entrance
· Douglas County Multi-modal Transportation Center, 8800 Dorris Road – between the bus platform and the west parking lot
· Waldrop Farm Mercantile, 2912 Post Road at Bankhead Highway.
The first books in each of the Little Free Libraries were provided by the Douglas County Library from its donated used book supply. The Douglas County Department of Communications & Community Relations is coordinating the initial effort.