|Little Free Library|
My love for my community and passion for childhood literacy is what drove me to set up a Little Free Library in the community of Latimer. Reading is really important to me and raising my kids. My kids and I read every day and always have books around. The town of Latimer doesn't have a library and I know there are many kids in town that don't have an opportunity to go to a library, especially in the summer. So I thought bringing a Little Free Library to Latimer would be great for all the youth of the community, and for the adults who love to read too.
So how does it work? After working with the Latimer City Council, I will now be installing the Little Free Library in Downtown Latimer sometime in the next month or so. I got approval from the Council to use city property for the Little Free Library at their February meeting. The Little Free Library will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It will be filled with a collection of books for both children and adults. The Little Free Library works by the "take a book, leave a book" philosophy. When someone goes to the Library and picks out a book, they are asked to replace it with another book.
The Little Free Library movement began in Wisconsin five years ago and now has nearly 12,000 locations world-wide, over 100 of which are in Iowa. I first read about Little Free Libraries through the "Parade" insert in our newspaper a few years ago and in the last couple of years I have started seeing them in the communities of a couple of my family members. After finding out about an opportunity with Post Alpha-Bits cereal where I could apply to receive a Little Free Library and a starter book collection through them, I then put my love and passion together with this opportunity and decided that I should bring a Little Free Library to my local community.
How can you help? I am still looking for some adult books to help fill the Little Free Library. If you have any good, gently used books you are willing to share with the Library let me know! I'd love to add them to our collection. Also, I am planning on putting together a "ground breaking" party for the Little Free Library after it is installed. I hope the Little Free Library is a resource for all the Latimer community and that it helps them connect with a neighbor they maybe wouldn't have met otherwise.
I would like to thank Post Alpha-Bits cereal for the Little Free Library and a starter collection of youth books for my Library. I think what they are doing with the Little Free Library program, the Super Why! television show and other literacy programs is really great. You can encourage literacy skills in your home too by eating Post Alpha-Bits cereal. Here is a fun breakfast treat that I make at my home, which isn't only good to eat, but also helps LP recognize his letters:
Breakfast Banana Split
1/2 cup yogurt (vanilla, strawberry, strawberry-banana are all great flavors)
1/4 cup halved grapes
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup Post Alpha-Bits cereal
Peel and split banana lengthwise. Place in sundae dish or cereal bowl. Top with yogurt. Sprinkle with fruit and cereal. Makes 1 serving.