Liberty Village church unveils two Little Free Libraries for the community
Liberty Village may not have a city-owned library in its midst, but now thanks to Liberty Grace Church, residents can swap books with the greatest of ease.
The church unveiled Thursday night its installation of two Little Free Libraries located at 25 Liberty St., just in front of Liberty Grace Church and at the entrance to Liberty Village Park on Lynn Williams Street.
Although they make look the same, each one filled with books for two very different audiences.
“We tried to make it (the one at Liberty Village Park) more teen and kid friendly; we tried to target a younger audience,” said 17-year-old Nathan Thompson, a summer student working at Liberty Grace Church who wanted to install them.
“The one at the church, we put more adult themes in that one, just because there are more adults walking around this area of Liberty Village. We tried our best to strategize the placement.”
Its concept is simple; if you see a book you’re interested in reading, take it. If you have a book at home you’ve already read and enjoyed, leave it. There are more than 15,000 registered Little Free Libraries across 62 countries, according to the website littlefreelibrary.org
Interested communities can choose from 20 different styles of Little Free Libraries, with the cost ranging from around $200 to $800.
Thompson, who lives near College Street and Ossington Avenue, noticed how many were in his neighbourhood just north of Liberty Village and thought the area could use a pair. It would also be a chance for the church to be more involved in the community.
“This is a new church, so putting Little Free Library in under the church’s name gets us more into the community and lets people know we’re here,” Thompson said.
So Thompson and his fellow summer student at the church, Sophie Martin, 18, wanted to do their part.
“We just thought it would be a neat idea to bring the community closer and have that one thing that can connect the community,” Martin said.
“It just seemed like the kind of thing Liberty Village (people) would really enjoy.”
For information about Liberty Grace Church visit, libertygrace.ca; for more information about getting a Little Free Library in your neighbourhood visit littlefreelibrary.org