It’s an easy enough concept. Take a book…and when you are finished reading it, return it or exchange it for another. Over the weekend, Lillian Lang opened the third ‘Little Free Library’ in Prince George.
The Lakewood Little Free Library ; off of Eaglet Crescent, has seen a lot of foot traffic since its opening. “We are big readers in this family and I am always trying to get rid of books and magazines that I have read already,” says Lang. “This is a perfect way.”
Jessica Bonin is the President of the BC’s Teacher-Librarians’ Association. She started the first little free library one year ago off of 10th Avenue, hoping to entice children to pick up a book as they walked by her house. She is excited the movement is spreading. “I know lots of people have mentioned to me that they were planning to start a little free library once they saw mine. So I started a Facebook group that says ‘Little Free Libraries of Prince George’ in hopes that others would start up and then join me on that Facebook group and we could spread the love of reading all around Prince George and further.”
The Prince George Public Library says it supports any initiative that stimulates reading. “I think there’s a strong community of readers. I know there’s an art scene, a lot of poets,” says Ignacio Albarracin, the Public Service Manager of the Public Library, “but like any community, it’s a journey. It’s not a destination, it’s a constant battle to get our youth engaged and interested in reading.”
The Public Library is offering several summer reading programs to keep kids literacy skills sharp this summer.