Little Libraries sprout in Dummerston

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DUMMERSTON — "A Little Free Library is a box full of books that, when you find one, you can take a book home with you," explains Margret Aldrich, Little Free Library spokeswoman. "Or if you have a book to share, you can leave it for someone else to read."

This is the 10th anniversary of the first Little Free Library book exchange. Today, there are more than 80,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 90-plus countries, from Argentina to Zambia.

Inspired to build a Little Free Library in Dummerston, Library Board Chairman Emeritus David Patriquin brought his idea to the Library Board, where it was unanimously adopted. Earlier this year, his first Little Free Library was installed on the porch of the Dummerston Town Hall on Middle Road. And in April, a second Little Free Library was installed in the lobby of the Dummerston School.

"Our sharing library, which was built and installed thanks to the Lydia Taft Pratt Library, was an instant hit for Dummerston students," Principal Jo Carol Ratti said in a statement. "Within a week it doubled its size in lending books and now students have a hard time turning the corner without stopping to check out the newest sharing option."

Both Little Free Libraries are stewarded by the Lydia Pratt Taft Library, Dummerston's municipal library. According to Board Chairman Susan Kern, "Our goal is to broaden our library's community outreach by making books more widely available while strengthening our bonds within the community. We were delighted to accept David's offer to build these structures."

As stewards, the Library supplies books, provided by donations, to both locations on a regular basis.

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