More Little Free Libraries are popping up around town

By: Matt Hoffman Email
By: Matt Hoffman Email

Little Free Libraries continue to take off with more popping up in Eau Claire and across the country. One of those has just popped up outside the home of a retired teacher, who continues to inspire learning even though she's left the classroom. Deborah Peterson, a recently retired teacher at memorial, got a very special gift this past Christmas.

"Before Christmas my brother showed me this big lump in his kitchen covered with a quilt and he said that's your Christmas present. I said what it is it? Well you got to wait," says Peterson.

Her brother and sister-in-law handmade and painted a free little library. "I looked up some information about the little free library and then it was really cool so I put it up in my garden," says Peterson.

With some books given by her sister-in-law and some books she brought home from school her little free library on Keith Street was off and running. So how does it work? Well you come to one of these little free libraries and it says right on the box. You basically take a book but also be sure you return a book. It’s all about paying it forward.

"Pretty soon neighbors started dropping off their books and then picking up books that were there, so now the books that are in there are not the books I started with. It just keeps changing over," says Peterson. She did add some children's books for families in the neighborhood.

"She just thinks it's wonderful. It's a destination for her and her little girls when they take walks…I watch. It's really, really fun. So I sip coffee and watch and people come and take books."
The concept started about three years ago in Hudson and has spread across the country.

"There was a man who wanted to honor his mother who was a teacher and a book lover, and so he built a little free library and just put free books out to promote literacy. There’s an old saying that's nothing good is free or nothing in life is free, but learning should be free. It should be something that you can just have. You can just pick up a book and learn something," says Peterson.

Click on the link below to learn more about Little Free Libraries and how to start one of your own.

Little Free Library Homepage

Click the link below to find a Little Free Library near you!

Little Free Library Locations

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  • by elaine on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    So, let me get this straight. You all have many negative comments regarding something so cute and simple but not one person has a negative remark regarding the rapist that will be released in Eau Claire? What is wrong with people?
  • by elaine on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    So, let me get this straight. You all have many negative comments regarding something so cute and simple but not one person has a negative remark regarding the rapist that will be released in Eau Claire? What is wrong with people?
  • by Bill Braxton on Jul 26, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    I am going to assume you've done everything ever, on your own. Also t is not lost upon me that I am the ony one in this thread or many others I have read, with the stones to put their real name.
  • by Rob Location: Chippewa on Jul 26, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    Click on the link,cripes their all over the the country.
    • reply
      by KW on Jul 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM in reply to Rob
      homeless shelters are a need around here, I say good idea !
  • by Bill Braxton on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:37 PM
    Even anti library. What the hell is the Wisconsin I grew up loving coming too?
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      by Nope-Anti Big on Jul 26, 2012 at 03:55 AM in reply to Bill Braxton
      Bill, not anti-library. Anti big government, even libraries have lost their way in making themselves relevant rather than focusing on the one thing they were founded to do. This is a groundswell movement that fills a need that the library has abrogated their position for in favor of the "dozens" of other things they have tried to become. In not focusing on your core competency you become irrelevant. I lament the loss of the library too, but in way you might not imagine. Hurrah for this little library evangelism. More of this "public good" is needed, by the public, not by the government. THAT is the point.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM in reply to Nope-Anti Big
        Define what you feel the "core competencies" of the library are. How are modern libraries not doing the "one thing they were founded to do"? The "little libraries" movement is in NOT about trying take over for public libraries, they're a fun little project that people can use to share their love of books with others. Stop trying to co-opt this project for your tea-party ideals.
  • by John Q Public on Jul 25, 2012 at 06:32 PM
    Public library is free? Oh I never did understand that bill I get from Eau Claire County every December.
    • reply
      by Jan on Jul 25, 2012 at 06:59 PM in reply to John Q Public
      well, that is how things work in this country- common good
  • by Fred Location: ec on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    mini homeless shelter ?
  • by library lover Location: eau claire on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    this is great but remember we have a Big Free Library too! Our local library provides all kinds of literacy programs and fun events for people of all ages and all for FREE!
    • reply
      by Tom B on Jul 25, 2012 at 07:52 PM in reply to library lover
      they have a large budget- where does that money come from I wonder
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to Tom B
        my pocket, and I gladly give it. I you don't want to pay any taxes, go live somewhere with no services. I hear Somalia is a libertarians dream.
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          by Tom B on Jul 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM in reply to
          I never complained about it, jsut clarifying as someone posted the library is free, and it most certainly is not free, it has a large cost, which I contribute to without a grudge, my grudge would be with un-informed people who throw around the word FREE
  • by Lorry Location: Warrens on Jul 25, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    The Warrens Little Free Library opened its door on Saturday, July 21. It's a joint project of the Warrens Lions and Cranberry Country Lioness.
  • by Ginny Location: ec on Jul 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    "officer, I know it is late, but i was headed to the free library behind that house, honest ! "
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