By Viktoria Nasteva
To foster a love of reading among students and the community, The Goddard School of West Carmel recently installed a Little Free Library, said Lynn Newkirk, owner of the school.
Storytime can get left out of a busy schedule, but when kids choose books they are excited about from the library and take them home, it encourages parents to carve out time to read with them, Newkirk said.
“The Little Free Library supports literacy and the connection children make with their parents,” she said. “It allows children to make a connection between school and home.”
The library is open to the public and allows people to take a book and/or leave a book at any time. It is packed mostly with children’s titles, some of which are in foreign languages, said Newkirk, but parents have also been able to benefit directly, finding works such as “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.”
Goddard was the perfect spot for the library because the surrounding area is diverse and booming with young families, Newkirk said. This is also why a larger, Peace Pole model that says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in more than 80 languages was selected for the location.
Newkirk feels fortunate to have had Todd Bol help design the library before his passing in October 2018. Bol was the original creator of and co-founder of Little Free Library, a non-profit organization. The Peace Pole library project has been a collaboration between his company and the World Peace Prayer Society.
Several little Little Free Libraries exist in Carmel, and more than 75,000 are registered worldwide.