Little Free Libraries are gaining
in popularity all across Lincoln and the state. Now Southeast Community College
Dr. Carolee Ritter, English
Department chair at SCC, began working on the project several months ago.
Through the efforts of other campus employees, Ritter said the library is now
open for business.
“Our Little Free Library was
constructed entirely from scrap cedar and construction materials, other than
the hardware,” Ritter said. “It is stocked with books for children, young
adults and adults.”
What is a Little Free Library?
It’s a “take-a-book, return-a-book” gathering place where people share their
favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library
is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book, or two, and
bring back another book to share.
SCC’s Little Free Library is
located behind the bus stop between the Child Development Center and the east
entrance to the Lincoln Campus building.
Ritter said Little Free Libraries
can be found all over the world “in an effort to support communities and
SCC’s Physical Plant staff
installed the Little Free Library, and the project received support from
Jeanette Volker, vice president for student services/Lincoln Campus director.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit
organization that supports community literacy and libraries. Community members
(and sometimes businesses and corporations) construct and install a structure
that looks something like a large birdhouse or mailbox and holds donated
books. There are hundreds of Little Free Libraries around the world,
“My husband is a homebuilder, and
we built our first Little Free Library out of scrap cedar decking left over
from a house he built,” she said. “We used treated wood, exterior hardware and
glues, and a strong Plexiglas for the window to help ensure it will withstand
Ritter said SCC’s Little Free
Library will be registered with the Little Free Library organization, get its
official plaque, and show up on the Little Free Library’s worldwide Google map.
“I will be the official ‘steward’
of the library, responsible for maintaining it and keeping it stocked with
books,” she said.
Ritter said there are Little Free
Libraries on 14th and Rose, 29th and Jackson and just
north of 41st and South, to name three others in Lincoln.
“I was thinking, though, that
instead of putting mine up in a neighborhood, how neat it would be and what a
great message it would send if we put one up at SCC,” Ritter said.
Ritter said she plans to build more
and get friends to put them up in their neighborhoods and steward them.
“I’d love to see one on each of
SCC’s campuses as well,” she said.Persons wanting more information about Little Free
Libraries can go to www.littlefreelibrary.org.