I had a wonderful conversation with local Texarkana treasure, Jane Portis, about the Little Free Library in her neighborhood.

Jane and I talked about what the library means to her and all of her neighbors. She told me stories of how many grandmas and grandpas bring their grandkids to exchange their books for new ones, and she expressed the joy she receives with being able to share the gift of learning. Jane's library is located in the Glenwood Edition of Texarkana.

Click PLAY below to hear a portion of our interview.

 

During part of my interview with Jane, she talked about the need for a bench next to her Little Free Library and I wanted to reach out to our audience to help find a way to make this happen. Message us through Facebook page or through our website if you can help. If we all come together we can find a way to build a bench for this Little Free Library.

For folks who do not know the story behind the Little Free Library, here are some fast facts.

In 2009 Todd Bol built a model of little one room schoolhouse. It was built as a tribute for his mother who was a teacher who loved to read. He filled the little schoolhouse with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said 'free books.'

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The mission of the Little Free Library is to:

Promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations.

 

The official motto of the Little Free Library is "Take a Book, Return a Book."