“Take a book, leave a book, or both.” That’s the message of Cameron University’s four new Little Free Libraries, each of which will be filled with free books for community members to take and exchange later for additional books. A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the establishment of the Little Free Libraries will take place on Friday, February 20, at 2 p.m. in Bentley Gardens. The ceremony is open to the public.
“We invite community members to join us for the launch of Cameron’s Little Free Libraries,” says Dr. Lisa Huffman, Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. “More importantly, we encourage them to utilize the Little Free Libraries on a continuing basis.”
Each of Cameron’s Little Free Libraries, which look like birdhouses, is situated on the Cameron campus along the Aggie Mile and is easily accessible. They are located in the Charles S. Graybill, M.D. Courtyard (on the west side of Nance Boyer Hall), in the Jesse Davenport Unity Garden (on the north side of the Cameron Library), in the Louise D. McMahon Fine Arts Courtyard, and on the north side of Bentley Gardens adjacent to the Sciences Complex.
Unlike traditional libraries, these collections do not require library cards or a formal check-out process, nor do they have a “due date.” Patrons are welcome to borrow books at any time and are encouraged to donate books as well. The Little Free Libraries will be sustained by students in Cameron’s Department of Education.
The libraries will contain a wide array of book genres, including children’s, adult, fiction, self-help and non-fiction. Titles include “Tuesdays With Morrie,” the New York Times best-selling memoir; “Effective Parents, Responsible Children,” a self-help book for adults; “Wellspring of Magic,” a middle-school chapter book; “The Hiccupotomus,” a children’s picture book; “I Beat the Odds,” the autobiography of Michael Oher, whose story was turned into the movie “The Blind Side,” “Aerola’s Big Trip,” a fun book for elementary school children that includes educational activities, and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books,” a fun book of light-hearted nursery rhymes. This is just a sampling of books that will be available in Cameron’s Little Free Libraries.
The Little Free Libraries are a gift to the Lawton community from Cameron’s School of Education and Behavioral Sciences in conjunction with the university’s triennial academic festival, “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities.” The libraries are made possible by the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation of Duncan in 1989.
“It is our hope that community members of all ages will find reading material of interest in the Little Free Libraries,” says Huffman. “This gift allows us to support our community, instill a love of reading in adults and children, and enhance existing educational opportunities.”
The first Little Free Library was established in 2010 in Madison, Wis. Since then, more than 15,000 Little Free Libraries have been established around the world, including one at Lawton’s Holy Cross Lutheran Church. For more information about the program, including a list of locations, go to www.littlefreelibrary.org.
For more information about Cameron’s Little Free Libraries, including how to donate books, contact the Cameron University School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at 581-2339.
February 12, 2015