Solomon Park in downtown Gordon is the new home for one of the thousands of Little Free Libraries located across the United States. On Monday, June 19, 2017, Main Street Gordon partnered with an initiative spearheaded by Family Connections, the Wilkinson County Extension Office, and the East Wilkinson County Library to place a Little Free Library at Solomon Park.
The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 by Todd Bol of Wisconsin as a tribute to his mother who was a teacher and avid reader. The community loved it, so he built a few more, and a few more. Fast forward to 2016 and the number is over 50,000 throughout the United States and in 70 countries. Locally, Family Connections, the Extension Office and the East Wilkinson County Library with some very generous financial support from BASF have set a goal of adding 30 Little Free Libraries to the program. Libraries will be placed around the county in the next few months. Each library will have a plaque designating it as one of the registered libraries.
“We were excited to add a Little Free Library to Soloman Park. We have a beautiful gazebo, shade trees and benches in the park. It is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a good book. The Little Free Library is unique because it engages everyone to put a book in their hands; take a book, leave a book or both, nothing could be easier,” Donna Asbell, Main Street Gordon, manager said.
“I like the program because it allows any individual to have a book in their hands. If you go online you can see where every registered Little Free Library is located. If you are at the beach or traveling and need a book you can log on and find the closest Little Free Library,” ArleneBache, East Wilkinson County Librarian said.
These Little Free Libraries also build communities. Each organization or private citizen that has one takes on the responsibility of caring for them. It is not a lot of work, but you need to check on the library and the space around the library, check on the books, add new books or remove books it becomes to full.
“It makes us more aware as a community of literacy. In many places all of the libraries are hand crafted. They are interesting to see as you travel. I hope that some of the craftsmen we have in Wilkinson County will decided to leave their mark with a Little Free Library,” Asbell said.