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Newest Little Free Library set up in Emmaville

Little Free Libraries are being set up to share the love of reading with others in neighborhoods locally and across the country. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Little Free Libraries are spreading like wildfires.

Emmaville is the latest recipient of a quaint little box that holds donated and borrowed books.

Monday night, the Nevis City Council voted to install one there.

The libraries have brought reading communities together and spread the good word – reading is essential to the modern day world and humanity.

And reading and sharing good books is fun. Little Free Libraries all operate on the honor system.

Neighborhoods are launching projects in hand-made houses that bring together people for the joy of reading.

People can donate books they have read and borrow others donated.

Roger Olson and John Fischer are the brainchildren behind Emmaville’s new library. They’re planning others.

Little Free Library is a movement started by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis., and Rick Brooks of Madison, Wis., in 2010, to bring reading to the masses.

The goal was to promote literacy and a love of reading. Along the way, they learned that the libraries fostered a sense of community and connection.

The goal is to build more than 2,510 libraries around the world to surpass the actual number of Andrew Carnegie libraries built.

Olson said no grand opening has been planned yet at Emmaville, but “it should involve pie and coffee.”

A similar library opened last year on Lake Belle Taine.

Neighborhoods have been hosting soirees along with the opening of the libraries, to draw attention to them. A potluck dinner would be a perfectly apropos party in Emmaville‘s parking lot to celebrate its opening.

“I’d better get some boxes ready,” said Melanie Spry, co-owner of the Emmaville Store.

“I have a feeling we’re going to have more books than room. But isn’t this adorable?”

Eventually, the movement to register all the sites on a national website will take place.

To contact Olson you can call 732-8330 or 252-2877.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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