City Council approves "little libraries" in city parks
Four parks in the city of Wayne will soon have their own “little libraries” after the Wayne City Council approved a local church’s proposal at Tuesday’s meeting.
Recently, members of Our Savior Lutheran Church opened their own “little library” at the Front Porch, located near Fifth and Main streets. Church members have since built two more miniature libraries and were hoping to set them up in a public spot somewhere in the community.
“We wanted to try to find simple locations where they can be easy to find and would be more useful,” church member Kim Dunklau told the Council. “We’re hoping to contact service organizations in the community that would be interested in helping to operate and man those libraries.”
Dunklau said the Front Porch library was made from recycled materials, including a stained glass window from the Old Redeemer building. A second library has since been constructed, and the idea was to use safe, recyclable materials for the park-based libraries.
Dunklau said the group would like to place little libraries in four city parks, including East Park, Westridge, Sunnyview and Bressler Park. Our Savior would be responsible for any repair work that might be needed, whether from vandalism or any other damage that might be done.
Dunklau said the idea of the little libraries is for people to not only “check out” books in the library, but to leave books of their own for others to “check out” as well.
“Books are donated from everywhere,” Dunklau said, noting that she has talked with the Wayne Public Library about getting books that are no longer in service, and has also received an offer of book donations from Wayne Community Schools.
“We’ll make sure and monitor the (libraries),” Dunklau said. “The theme is to take a book and leave a book.”
Councilman Matt Eischeid encouraged Dunklau to “put something in the paper so people know what the ground rules are,” after the libraries are put in place.
Dunklau said the park-based libraries would be numbered and registered with the Little Free Library, which provides a national registry and a map of “little library” locations. Councilman Nick Muir suggested that having the libraries in the park would be a good promotional tool for the city’s parks.
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