Little Free Libraries

A replica of the top spire of the Hopkins County Courthouse houses a Little Free Library.
A replica of the top spire of the Hopkins County Courthouse houses a Little Free Library.

Hopefully you are familiar with the Little Free Library program. It is a visionary program that offers readers a chance to drop off books they don’t want and/or pick up books they do want. As the name states, this is all free!

It all started in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a little red schoolhouse in memory of his mom who was a teacher and loved to read. He filled it with books and placed it in his front yard.  From there, the now, non-profit organization has grown to over 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries, located in every state in the Union and over 70 countries. This project provides free, twenty-four seven access to books so that readers of all ages are not held back by lack of reading material.

A visit to the website allows you to look for libraries in your area. Click here to search the map.

Sulphur Springs is blessed to have a Little Free Library in the heart of the City, on Celebration Plaza. The replica of a spire of the courthouse, the Little Free Library sits to the west of its inspiration.

The Courthouse has a mini me!
The Courthouse has a mini me!

The family of Billiefae Vaden Sellers designed, commissioned, paid for and sought approvals to place the Little Free Library on the square. Not only is the library a wonderful tribute to John and Tom Seller’s mom, but also a wonderful addition to a beautiful area.

Visitors to town often hang out on the square enjoying a lovely setting, lots of sightseeing, and a chance to relax and read a book.

If you have not checked-out (get it…checked-out!) the Little Free Library (Charter #8761), be sure you do so. All the lovely Sulphur Springs’ weather we have been experiencing it is one more reason to hang-out on the square.

Bonus Information: The next closest Little Free Libraries to the Sulphur Springs’ area are in Mt. Pleasant and Quitman.  There is an unofficial little library in Commerce, which was installed using United Way funding.  It is in front of the First Presbyterian Church at 1216 Monroe Street.

A little library located at 207 E. Charlton in historic Savannah.
A little library located at 207 E. Charlton in historic Savannah.

The bright and beautiful little library above can be found under the front stairs of the Flannery O’Conner Childhood home in Savannah.  It too is unofficial, but it is officially darling!

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