Little Free Library opens in Ridgecrest

Little Free Library opens in RidgecrestThirty friends and neighbors showed up on June 23 when a Little Free Library opened in Ridgecrest. It is located at 2661 S. Summit St., Sandy and Jerry Bradley are stewards, and it was built by Dave Goppelt.

The small library is based on the principle of take one and leave one. The Little Free Library mission is to promote literacy and love of reading and foster a sense of community and connection. The library is one of more than 6,000 libraries that have been founded worldwide since 2010. The books are always gifts and never for sale.

The Little Free Library movement was started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks of Wisconsin, to honor Rick’s mother, a teacher and book lover. They also call Lutie Stearns, their heroine. Lutie traveled tens of thousands of miles between 1895 and1914 in a horse-drawn wagon filled with Little Libraries very similar to the ones built by the Littlefreelibrary.org. The number of libraries is growing rapidly.

The library is open 24/7 and there is a bench nearby to help your selection. The books include adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction and books on CD. Anyone wishing to donate may use a bookplate, which can be found at the library, and can add a personal note or recommendation if desired.

This is the first Ridgecrest library registered with the organization but Robert Hyde has already placed one in front of his house at 719 Wildrose St.

For more information visit the website or the library itself.

Story First Published: 2013-06-26