Little Libraries Built

We’ve seen at a several meetings the Little Library that was built by the JOE Houde and Todd Taylor and painted by our resident artist Carolyn Aaronson.  As part of the 9/11 community service day Durham Rotary teamed up to recruit almost two dozen volunteers to build and paint nine more of the “share one, leave one” little lending libraries that will be located around town.

The event was organized by Rotarians Forrest Perry of the YMCA, JOE Houde and Todd Taylor of Duke Corporate Education.

Houde is working with the East Durham Children’s Initiative and the Little Free Library national organization to find good sites in Durham.  Partners such as Book Harvest and the Durham Public Library along with independent donation drives such as the one held by the YMCA and Duke Corporate Education will provide books to stock the boxes.

About two dozen volunteers helped assemble and paint the new Little Libraries at “the Cage” at the American Tobacco Campus.  “We had several children really get into the painting” Houde said. “Several of the boxes are signed with little handprints.”

The Little Free Libraries provide locations where all varieties of books can be contributed, taken, returned and swapped out.  Little Libraries is a movement that has built and placed over 30,000 of these structures around the world.  The website of the organization is and it’s goal is to build literacy friendly neighborhoods.

“These facilities will dovetail nicely into our overall literacy efforts in the community,” said Todd Taylor, founder of the club’s popular “Reading Ranger” literacy and tutoring program at YE Smith Elementary School that encourages reading in the school year.  As a way to promote year-round reading through the summer months, the Durham Rotary Club partners with Book Harvest and other organizations to equip schoolchildren with summer book supplies.

“If the kids are that hungry for books, we will certainly try to feed that desire for new material,” Taylor said.

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