CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — For those who love to read but can’t get to a local area library can now satisfy their appetite by stopping by a Little Free Library.
Another Little Free Library opened recently in the Chapmanville area. Sponsored by Chapmanville Towers, the two-shelf little library has been installed in a little over a week and has been restocked several times with books.
“I had heard about it a couple of months ago,” Kristie Ojeda, property manager for Chapmanville Towers, said of the Free Little Library. “When I saw that a second one had opened at West Logan, I thought, ‘Chapmanville has to have one now.’ I think it is just a great thing to promote literacy.”
The Little Free Library began in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis., built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother, a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. Bol was joined in the project by Rick Brooks of University of Wisconsin-Madison as a social enterprise. The popularity of the free libraries has continued to grow and as of January 2016, there are more than 36,000 registered libraries around the world.
Ojeda said the Little Free Library was constructed by the Justin Smith, the property’s maintenance supervisor.
“You can get creative with it. I liked the red and white. I told him what I wanted and he built it,” Ojeda said. “They prefer you use recycle material to build the library.”
Ojeda said the little library is a great way to honor people.
“With a charter, you will get a plaque, which ours is on its way,” Ojeda said. “But you can actually dedicate your library in memory of someone. What a great way to remember somebody.”
Ojeda said the library is mainly self-maintained.
“Anyone can get a book; anyone can take a book,” Ojeda said. “The library is to promote literacy, friendships… conservation.”
For more on the Free Little Library, visit their website at https://littlefreelibrary.org/