Are you looking for a new, free read? There may be a resource in your neighborhood that’s closer than you think. Little Free Libraries can be found all around our community + we’re sharing the locations of these little gems.
Backstory: The concept of Little Free Library began in 2009, when Todd H. Bol of Hudson, WI built a small-scale, hollow replica of a schoolhouse, filled it with books and placed it on his front lawn as a tribute to his mother. (She was a teacher and loved to read.)
After building one for nearly every jealous neighbor in his Wisconsin community, he teamed up with UW-Madison’s Rick Brooks to turn the concept into a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase book access + forge community connections, now called Little Free Libraries.
Little Free Library located on Johns Island | Image via CHStoday team
There are now 100,000+ Little Free Libraries in 85+ countries worldwide.
These libraries are exactly what they sound like – little book nooks located in people’s yards and at local businesses + parks, full of free books of all genres and for all ages. The libraries function on the honor system: when you take a book, you leave a book.
If you want to start your own “LFL,” you can make one yourself or order a kit online – just make sure to register your location. If you know of an area that is in need of an LFL, but the initial cost of set-up is a barrier, read about the Impact Program Library, which allows underserved communities to have a Little Free Library placed in their neighborhood for free.
Looking to read a new title? Check out the Little Free Libraries in your area + search for a specific LFL using this helpful map.
Charleston 📚 Charleston | 1001 Clearspring Dr. 📚 Charleston | 1647 Lazylake Ct. 📚 Charleston | 10 Nassau St. | This LFL supports theReading with the Dogs program that was started in the neighborhood to help kids improve their reading. 📚 Eaglewood Retreat | 1083 Eaglewood Trail 📚 Charleston | 1111 King St. | This is an up-cycled newspaper machine located in front of The Charleston Chronicle Newspaper, dedicated to spotlighting Black Literature. 📚 Charleston | 927 Godber St. 📚 Charleston | 18 Anita Dr. | Neighborhood children built this library with some help from parents + residents as a way to get to know one another and share books. Community members received funding from the Coastal Community Foundation for this project.
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Opening ○ Bottles Beverage Superstoreis openinganew location in Summerville at 1110 N. Main St.on Mon., Oct. 12 and will be offering drink specials, prizes + giveaways in celebration of the event. 🍾
Virtual ○ Charleston Moves, a non-profit organization that promotes travel by bicycle,is hosting Connect with Charleston Moves 2020 on Thurs., Nov. 12, from 6-7 p.m. This free, virtual event will include a presentation of the past year’s accomplishments + future plans as well as a discussion of ways the public can support the movement. Those registered before Mon., Oct. 12 will receive a goodie bag. 🚲
Cause ○ The 23rd Annual Silent Witness Ceremony took place virtually on Tues., Oct. 6, outside of the State House(1100 Gervais St., Columbia, SC) to commemorate the lives lost to domestic violence last year. As Attorney General Alan Wilson read the names of 40 South Carolina men + women who passed awayas a result of domestic violencein2019, there was a bellringing for each name announced. 🔔 (WIS)
Drink ○ Firefly Distillery(4201 Spruill Ave.) is releasing its Distillery Expressions Low Country Gintomorrow. The gin is distilled in small batches with hints of juniper + citrus, and it will only be available on location at Firefly Distillery.
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Coronavirus ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina and accelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more. ○ Roper St. Francis Healthcareannounced that they have applied for a 2-in-1 flu + COVID-19 test. Pending approval by the FDA, the test will provide results in justone hour with only one swab + help medical personnelnavigate flu season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 🏥 (WCSC)
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