By Megan Miller, Editor
TRUSSVILLE – Trussville now has its very own Little Free Library.
The Landry Little Free Library is the first one of its kind in Trussville, and is located at the home of the Landry family in Longmeadow subdivision.
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization, which has 25,000 locations in the United States Alone. The goal of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy with the policy, “take a book, leave a book.”
Establishing a Little Free Library is as easy as going online and filling out a form to register the location of your library. After that, you receive a list of steps to build your library that Little Free Library recommends, in order for the builder to have the greatest amount of success.
“Literacy is something that has always been near and dear to my heart,” Laura Landry, who started the library, said. “We came up with the idea to start the library when we learned that Trussville City Schools had a longer summer this year. Summer time is the time of year when teachers see the most decline in reading development in school age kids. So, we decided what better way to give back to our community and help promote and encourage reading than with a free library.”
The Trussville Little Free Library is on the Landry’s property, and Laura Landry said the family decided to model it after their own home, right down to the paint colors.
“You can order a kit offline to make it, but we decided it would be more fun to build it ourselves,” Landry said.
Landry said that they started on June 20 with around 30 books, and in less than a week, none of the original books remain at the library.
“We’ve been so surprised already,” said Landry. “There’s been a positive response.”
You can visit Trussville’s Little Free Library at 6189 Clubhouse Way. You can also visit Little Free Libraries at Crestwood, Central, Cooper Green and Maclin Parks in the Birmingham area.
Little Free Libraries are sponsored by GPS Educational Services, LLC, an after school tutoring program that promotes academic and social growth in children.