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Little Libraries Help Share the Love of Reading

Clearview Library District News

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Matching her bright yellow house, Mary Schwartz’s Little Free Library is a ray of sunshine. The beehive theme is fitting, as it’s nestled amongst her lush front garden.  

“I wanted to combine my two passions: reading and honey bees, so my little library says ‘Bee a Reader’ and it looks like a honeycomb,” Schwartz shared. 

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Randia Morrow and family gather by their Free Little Library.

Last fall, the Clearview Library District Friends and Foundation gave district residents a chance to win one of four Little Free Libraries. Schwartz and Randia Morrow were two of the winners.

“I couldn't believe that I actually won!” said Schwartz. “As a reading teacher,  I have always wanted to have a Little Free Library in my front yard, and since I live near Town Hall and Main Street, it seemed like a great spot to have one.”

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Boy Scout Jack Shallenberg stands next to one of the Free Little Libraries that was given away in the contest. Shallenberg built the libraries as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Little Free Libraries are enclosed bookshelves housed on private property with the intent to create a free book exchange in neighborhoods. The Friends and Foundation partnered with Jack Shallenberg of Windsor Boy Scout Troop 88 to build the Little Free Libraries as part of his Eagle Scout project. 

It has been fun seeing copies of my favorite books disappear from the box,” Morrow said. “It is exciting to think that somebody else may be enjoying the books as much as I did!”  

“I see all kinds of people stopping by to take a book or put one in. One mom told me her 8-year-old loves to check it out every time they walk by,” Schwartz shared.

The libraries help fulfill the Little Free Library’s mission to “inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity,” which aligns with the goals of the Friends and Foundation.

“I really believe it adds some soul to the neighborhood,” said Schwartz. “I love seeing people excited to share a good book.”

View all registered Little Free Library locations to find a spot near you!  

Little Free Library is giving away free little libraries all year long in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Learn more on their website.

Clearview Library Exchange Shelves

Similar to the Little Free Library program, we have eight exchange shelves throughout the Clearview Library District to help share the love of reading and strengthen our community. The books — and sometimes movies and music — are provided to you free of charge to take, enjoy, and share. 


Interested in your own exchange shelf location? Contact Cari Borchert at 970-6686-5603 x316.