Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood now has its own library, but this one is not run by the city and you do not need a library card to check out a book. With the Little Free Library, the plot is simple; you take a book, return a book.
This library looks more like a fancy mailbox and it is open 24-7. They even have a little light out front so you can pick out a book in the dark. The Little Free Library sits on a post in front of 205 Palatine Avenue in the south Belmont neighborhood.
Christy Baker and her family are the "librarians". They built the box using leftover wood pieces and the top of a trophy from a thrift store. Baker is an artist and designer by trade so she added a personal touch with a copper book. She hopes to share her love of reading and start a community conversation about literacy.
"It's been a huge part of our lives and our parenting and our families - sharing books and stories and telling stories, as well as reading them," stated Baker. "The idea of having my own little library to share with my community in my neighborhood just was magic to me."
Baker discovered the Little Free Library online. The project started out in Wisconsin and has 2,500 homemade locations. This was the first Little Free Library in Virginia. There are two others nearby, in Lexington and by Lake Anna.
Click here to find exact locations and details about opening your own Little Free Library.
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