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A ‘Little Free Library’ Takes Root at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

June 13, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

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CANTON – Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library has popped up at your favorite local shopping center! The Shoppes at Farmington Valley will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley recently reached out to the Hartford Courant in hopes to purchase an old newspaper vending machine. The Hartford Courant instead graciously donated an old box that was in perfect shape to be upcycled. With design in hand, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley management team went to work restoring it to give the vending machine new life as a Little Free Library.

“When we discovered the Little Free Library initiative, we knew we had to have one,” said Amy Ciesco, Marketing & Operations Coordinator at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley. “The initiative speaks to our commitment to community support, and it’s our hope that the books within this Little Free Library will help bring a little more joy, creativity, and help inspire the next generation to sit back, relax and take a journey through a good book. We encourage you to come take a seat in our courtyard and read a story with the kids, take a book home, bring it back or leave a new or gently used book for others to enjoy. While it’s main purpose is to promote children’s literacy, it is not just for kids – we have books for all ages!”
The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

Our Little Free Library can be found in Lowell Court right in front of Snip-Its Hair Cuts for Kids.

 

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