SPOKANE, Wash. – What was a new trend two years ago has expanded to more than 30 “Little Free Libraries” in the nooks of the Inland Northwest, from Deer Park to Coeur d’Alene.
Ken Collier’s wife wanted to build one in their front yard at Excell Ave. and West Gate Village, near Riverside State Park. Collier admits, he was a little leery at first, wondering whether he should bring it in at night and curious if people would take all the books and leave nothing.
But that same day, people were stopping by to check it out.
“A lot of people walk in the neighborhood and they stop out of curiosity to see what it is,” Collier said. “Then we started noticing kids in the neighborhood were running up with books and started to fill it up.”
From young kids to retired neighbors, the Little Free Library took on a life of its own with books for every age group. Neighbor Julian Vaughan added her book, “A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein.
“Everyone can have a chance to bring a book,” she said. “It’s a really creative and fun idea.”
Vaughan is one of dozens of neighborhood children that have found reading books from the Little Free Library a fun way to spend summer days.
“It’s something nice for the summer, you know,” Collier said. “The kids are out here and seeing ‘em take a book rather than playing video games or watching TV.”