“I saw my first Little Free Libraries on the Connecticut shoreline. One in Milford and one in Lordship that was a Schoolhouse LFL in memory of Victoria Soto, an American teacher who was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. I put a card table in my front yard for my Morris neighbors and everyone on their way to nearby Bantam Lake. Soon I found a cabinet that fit 100 books, hung up my sign that said “take a book – leave a book” and watched with amazement as many people stopped to visit! Then one day it was “the case of the missing LFL” since someone stole all the books, the cabinet and the sign! I decided to rebuild my little free library and work with the community to start an LFL movement in all my neighboring towns.”
Jo Ann’s story of getting pulled into Rose’s LFL mission:
“I met Rose at the Morris Marketplace, our nearby farmer’s market, and was immediately inspired by her excitement about Little Free Libraries. I was not aware of the global phenomenon but loved the idea of offering free books, especially in a red wagon for children. As an event-planner and publicist, I was soon joining Rose in what became our common mission as The Litchfield Hills Little Free Library Grass Roots Project, The first event was a building workshop at filmmaker Harvey Hubbell’s farm in Litchfield, inviting Morris carpenters, roofers, boy scouts and artists to build a total of 16 boxes.”
“I reached out to the inimitable Ann Nyberg, described on the official website of WTNH-Channel 8: “Ann Nyberg is the longest-serving, full-time female news anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history. She is also WTNH-TV’s longest-serving Anchor/Reporter in station history.” Ann hosts her own show which she developed to get people’s stories out to the masses on air and online. Nominated for multiple Emmys, Ann has interviewed the most famous and every day folks. Rose and I were blessed, and insanely happy, that she believed we had a good story to tell.”
“The day after our story appeared on NYBERG, we received a message from a local school principal asking if her school could get a Little Free Library. Our answer to that is always an exuberant “Yes!” We had already provided one to a pre-school in Waterbury, painted with images of pandas, the school mascot.”
The Litchfield Hills Little Free Library Grass Roots Project is also quickly becoming the Books & Beyond of the Little Free Library movement since planting a Little Free Legos Library in Morris, a Little Free Seeds Library at a farm in Litchfield, are planning a Little Free Necessities Library in front of the American Legion hall in Bethlehem, filled with travel-sized toiletries to be shipped to military personnel abroad, and a Little Free Nature Trails Library in Woodbury, filled with trail maps and Audubon guides.
Contact us to find out how you can be a part of the Little Free Library movement. We are always looking for volunteers to build, paint, fundraise and more!
118 West Street
Morris, CT 06763