Area nonprofits partner with Keller, KISD on Little Free Library project
Area residents will have more access to reading materials than ever before this spring thanks to a partnership between six community organizations, the City of Keller and Keller ISD. Representatives of the Keller Rotary Club, the Golden Triangle Rotary Club of Keller and the Friends of the Keller Library last week ceremoniously placed the first set of books into five Little Free Libraries that will soon be installed in Keller and North Fort Worth.
“Little Free Libraries are truly a homespun tribute that have turned into an international phenomenon, and I believe they represent the best of a community,” said Keller Library Director Jana Prock, an active member and past president of the Keller Rotary Club. “The original Little Free Library was born of love, and that love has now spread to people in more than 50 countries with more than 16,000 lending libraries.”
The first Little Free Library — in its most basic form, simply an enclosed box affixed to a pole that operates on a “leave a book, take a book” rule — was created by Todd Bol in 2009 in memory of his mother, a teacher who loved to read. When staff with the Keller Public Library and Keller Parks & Recreation Department began discussing options for bringing the charming features into the community, Bol’s status as a Rotarian inspired Prock to look to her own civic organization for help.
Keller Rotary Club members John Best, Buddy Roberts and Jack Reiser, with financial support from their fellow members as well as the Golden Triangle Rotary Club of Keller, built five Little Free Libraries from scratch and worked with students in the Interact Clubs of Keller High School, Central High School and Timber Creek High School to decorate them. The first three in Keller will be installed at the Keller-Smithfield Activity Node, Bear Creek Park and in Old Town Keller near Seven Mile Café. Two more will go into the Keller ISD footprint of North Fort Worth, at Arcadia Trail Park and the grounds of Caprock Elementary School.
“Projects like these add to the livability of Keller — the joy of living here,” Keller Rotary Club President David Martella said, “and we have a vision of adding more in future years.”
The five libraries will be installed in the weeks ahead once the weather clears. Their first stock of books — a mix of authors, genres and levels — is being supplied by the Friends of the Keller Library, and members of the public are encouraged to help keep them stocked with material as they trade their own completed books for others’. For more information about Little Free Libraries or to find registered libraries near you, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.