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Little Free Library Adds to Community Feel on Dyer Avenue

August 24, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments

By John Fitts 

Benjamin Hollenbeck cuts the ribbon for the Little Free Library. Photo courtesy of the Hollenbeck family

Benjamin Hollenbeck cuts the ribbon for the Little Free Library.
Photo courtesy of the Hollenbeck family

CANTON — As a first-grade teacher, Sarah Hollenbeck knows the value of literacy and for some time she wanted to open a “Little Free Library.”

Started by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009, Little Free Libraries offer a public book exchange in neighborhoods, schools, businesses or other locales. They are based on the motto of “Take a book, leave a book” and today more than 40,000 are registered worldwide.

Earlier this summer, the Shoppes at Farmington Library debuted such a facility, a move that inspired Hollebeck and her family to finally debuted their own structure at their 100 Dyer Ave. home.

“I love books and reading and I want to promote literacy,” Hollenbeck said.

Officially registered with Littlefreelibrary.org, the book collection, which has something for every age group, is housed in a sandblasting box retrofitted by her father Arthur Zubrowski. Hollenbeck and her husband Peter then put some final touches on the box and their 4-year-old son Benjamin is happy to teach people how to open the box and the utilize its features. In addition to books, the family has crafted  bookmarks for visitors and a journal offers a place for visitors to record their name, write a quick note or offer a word of advice. There’s also a bench for those who want to stay and read for a few minutes.

The Hollenbeck family hosts free readings at its Little Free Library. Photo by Garry Schafer

The Hollenbeck family hosts free readings at its Little Free Library.
Photo by Garry Schafer

In the nine days the facility has been out, the family has already met new friends and had several visitors. The library started with their own collection,

“I figured we have a great collection of books and we live in such a fantastic neighborhood,” Hollenbeck said. “We’ve met so many people.”

The family also plans to host readings, including one of “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig,” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

People can also follow the progress of the facility on facebook. Search for Lfl Dyer.

For more on the Little Free Library organization, visit https://littlefreelibrary.org.

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