Opening Of New Little Free Library
Date(s) - 06/19/2020
Groveland Jail garden
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Local Book Club Brings Free Books To Groveland
June 16, 2020, Groveland, Ca. – Thanks to the efforts of Groveland resident Kim Scheu and 11 other members of a local book club, Groveland will soon be home to its own book sharing kiosk, known as a Little Free Library. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. will celebrate its installment in the historic Groveland Jail garden, located at 11875 Ponderosa Lane. The ceremony will be open to the public. In light of coronavirus concerns, a hand sanitizing station will be provided at the event and attendees are asked to keep six feet apart.
When the Groveland Library closed due to coronavirus concerns, Groveland mom Kim Scheu began to worry about providing reading opportunities for her kids over the summer. That’s when she thought of the Little Free Library in Jamestown.
“I’ve driven by the little free library in Jamestown many times and thought it was super cute,” said Scheu. “We have a group text for our book club and so I put the idea out there. All the moms thought it was a great idea.”
The Rexwinkle family of Groveland volunteered to build, paint and donate the little library to house all the books, while many of the book club members offered to donate books and others still donated money for a stamp to label each book and a plaque so the library could be registered as a “Little Free Library” and have Groveland placed on the organization’s map. Finally, Scheu received permission from the Pine Mountain Garden Club to install the book box in the Groveland Jail garden.
“The jail garden has seating areas and a cute path for people to walk on,” said Scheu. “There are also two designated areas for kids’ gardens. It’s not a well-known spot in town but I think it should be. It’s a hidden treasure for Groveland.”
The Little Free Library is intended as a community-owned book sharing system and will include books for all ages and reading levels. Anyone is welcome to borrow a book and also invited to donate their own books to the library.
“What better way to get books than to share with each other?” Scheu said. “Give a book, take a book. Simple as that.”
There are more than 75,000 Little Free Libraries around the world in 85 countries. The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries.