As the school adviser for Girls On The Run, a non-profit that promotes wellness and confidence in young girls through running, health and awareness, Library Assistant Lynne Kromer helped to sponsor a Little Free Library as a community service project for her students.
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. There are more than 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges across the country and in more than 70 countries around the world.
Books are provided by students, parents and neighbors. Kromer said users have left heartfelt message of thanks and support for the project.
“Books that are no longer needed at home can be brought in and put in the Little Free Library at any time,” Kromer said. “Any passerby is welcome to help themselves to a book, and it is encouraged for them to give a book at the same time or a later date. It is a simple box with a latch, no sign-outs, no strings attached.”
Kromer wrote a grant to the Rocky River Education Foundation and earned $365 for the kit to build the physical library. Rocky River Little League kicked in another $119 to cover shipping and handling. The Library is installed on the east side of the building, outside of the main office and is accessible to anyone in the community. Kensington’s Library is chartered and can be found on the Little Free Library world map at https://littlefreelibrary.org/.
Kromer is introducing the project to her 27 classes that come through the library each week and hopes her students will become stewards of the Library.
“It already is a beehive of literary activity, and students are very enthusiastic of supporting the effort,” Kromer said.