A tiny library for everyone

Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times

Amherst’s Brownies Troop 50661 cut the ribbon Oct. 8 on a new Little Free Library at Beaver Creek Reservation, 913 North Lake St. What may look like a birdhouse at first glance is actually a receptacle filled with books, free for anyone to take and read at their leisure. Those who take a book are encouraged to replace it with one of their own.

“The girls loved the idea encouraging others to read and reading for fun,” said troop leader Amy Harker-George. “They loved the idea of sharing books they like with other people. The girls painted, decorated, and installed the library and some parent volunteers helped with assembly.”

Little Free Library is a nonprofit started in 2009 with a single wooden container made to look like a single-room schoolhouse, much like the one put up at Beaver Creek. According to the organization, there are now 75,000 registered Little Free Libraries spread across 88 countries.