Twin Lakes approves Wilmot Union High School Little Free Libraries

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An example of a Little Free Library, from a brochure Wilmot Union High School provided to the Twin Lakes Village Board

There will be some new places to get old school reading material around Twin Lakes when two Little Free Libraries are added to Legion and Lance parks.

The placement of the elevated boxes that will house books for people to borrow and to replace with a donated book of their own is a project of Wilmot Union High School, Erin Cullen, the school district’s communications coordinator, explained to the Twin lakes Village Board Monday night.

Cullen said the libraries look like large bird houses. They will be built and decorated by Wilmot students.

“At Wilmot, we are big on promoting literacy,” Cullen said.

The school sent out letters to businesses within the district looking for sponsors for the libraries. The most support came from Twin Lakes. Larry Stevens Construction and Grace Lutheran Child Development Center donated funds for two libraries.

Members of the public will be encouraged to take a book from the library as well as add books.

“It’s just a nice sharing experience,” Cullen said.

Volunteer stewards will look after the libraries. Cullen, a Twin Lakes resident, has volunteered to act as the steward of the first two libraries in the village.

Cullen had identified Mueller Park and Sunset Beach Park as suitable locations for the libraries, but board members suggested they would receive higher visibility and usage in Lane and Legion parks.

Twin Lakes does have a branch of the Community Library downtown. Cullen emphasized that the object of the Little Free Libraries was not to compete with the Community Library but rather add to reading opportunities.

“We’re all for the same cause,” Cullen said.

The board unanimously approved the placement of the libraries at Lance and Legion parks.

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