Stevensons host Blyth's first Little Library - June 21, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Blyth has its first official “Little Library” in front of Carl and Deb Stevenson’s house on Dinsley Street.
Located just west of the Blyth Branch 420 of the Royal Canadian Legion on the north side of the street, the Little Library offers a unique opportunity for readers to find some tomes with which they may not be familiar.
The library, a square box in front of the Stevensons’ house with two shelves of books, started as a Christmas present earlier this year, but the inspiration for the gift went back to a family vacation two years earlier.
Carl and Deb visited Fredericton, New Brunswick, where they discovered several of the structures, leading to Deb’s interest in them.
“I’m huge reader,” she said. “I already share books with friends and family. This would let me share with people I may not know.”
Carl tagged the library as a Christmas present, with the two of them joking that his goal, every year, is to give her a gift that pulls her heart strings enough to make her cry.
He turned to Goderich-area carpenter Ron Bushell who put the box together for her.
The books in the library are free for anyone to take, whether they trade in their own books or not. At first, the library included books from Deb’s collection, as well as Carl’s and their children’s, and it has had books from borrowers and lenders added.
“We hope to have a varied selection for different age groups,” Deb said.
The library is registered with
littlefreelibrary.org, a website that tracks them and, in the near future, Deb will have installed a sign and number identifying the location. A suggestion she received from the organization, via its newsletter, was to put a guest book by the library, encouraging people to say where they are visiting from.
“It’s been exciting so far, and we’re waiting for more people to come,” she said. “It’s definitely drawn interest.”
In getting ready for the library’s installation, Deb purchased an entire bag of books at the Blyth Festival’s used book sale, first reading them herself and then making them available through the library.
For more information on little libraries, visit littlefreelibrary.org.