Celebrate the Power of Stories
Yes, I do have exciting news! After months of deliberations, emails, phone calls and a champion for the cause in their midst, the local Park District has approved my gift of a Little Free Library (LFL). I expect it to be installed soon in Sunset Park, a park with many family-friendly amenities and a natural, graceful beauty.
I have chosen an inviting, but visible, spot near the Tot Playground which is adjacent to a large semi-circular bench, providing ample seating for readers.
Basically, the LFL is a small collection of books that is housed in a cabinet built with recycled materials. People can take a book to read and can also leave a book for others’ enjoyment.
A man in Hudson, Wisconsin—Tod Bol— made the original one of these out of a doll house and put it on his front lawn in memory of his mother, a schoolteacher. That neighborly act has sparked a global literacy movement. And now the Little Free Library is coming to Highland Park.
Here’s a picture of our LFL, the Scandinavian Cottage, and its description:
To welcome the LFL to our community, I am organizing an informal gathering in Sunset Park on Sunday, August 11 at 2 p.m. I am happy to tell you that the wonderful and popular Nili Yelin, The Storybook Mom, will be performing! Children and adults alike will be captivated by the imaginative way she brings stories to life. Nili is a passionate promoter of literacy, and I am thrilled she is joining us.
In my earlier post, I promised to bring refreshments, and I intend to keep my word. You’re all invited; if you can, bring a book to donate to our LFL. Hope to see you there!
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