Nancy and Gary Scott with the pocket library they built
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If you think Eudora’s public library at 9th & Elm is small, you should see the one over on Mulberry Ct. Not much bigger than a large mailbox, it only holds about 25 books It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The miniature library, known as a “pocket library,” is located in the front yard of Gary & Nancy Scott, 1305 Mulberry Ct. The idea of small, accessible libraries is part of a national community movement called Little Free Library. The project in our area began about two years ago when the Lawrence Public Library had to have a number of mature trees removed to make way for renovations. The wood from those trees was made into 25 pocket libraries, and one of those made it to Eudora.
The Scotts had to build the miniature library themselves, but they did it as a group with other interested people and with the help of KU professors Matthew Burke and Mark Jakubauskas. Participants were provided with wood that had to be cleaned, sanded and prepared. They were able to create their own designs, so each little library is unique. Each builder made a $100 donation to Friends of the Library, and then they could take their creation home or donate it to be auctioned off to raise additional library funds.
Children’s books fill the pocket library in the Scotts’ yard, though they may add other kinds of books later.
“I was a teacher for over 30 years,” said Nancy. “I have lots of children’s books. This is for the kids. Lots of kids walk by here. We just want them to know about it and use it.”
The library functions on an honor system so there is no check out procedures. Books can be taken, read and returned at any time. Gary and Nancy tucked a note inside each book with their names and address and with this message: “We are glad you visited our ‘Little Free Library.’ You may take a book or two to read. Please return when you are finished so that others may enjoy them, too. This ‘Little Free Library’ was made from trees cut down at Lawrence Public Library.”
To learn more about the pocket library movement, visit http://news.ku.edu/2014/02/27/pocket-library-project-works-make-books-and-art-accessible.