SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Public Library System and Sulphur Parks and Recreation have partnered to bring the "Little Free Library" movement to Sulphur.
According to a news release from the CPPLS, the movement was first launched in 2009 in Wisconsin by a man named Tod Bol.
Bol built a structure resembling a small schoolhouse in the front yard of his home in Hudson, Wis., and he encouraged neighbors and community members to borrow and return books from his miniature library.
Bol said that children and adults alike began making regular visits to his "library."
"It seemed to stimulate and fulfill an intrinsic need to connect with each other in an authentic way," said Bol.
According to a news release from the CPPLS, " 'Little Free Libraries' provide neighbors a way to share their love of reading, develop interests and share their passions across all demographics."
"That is exactly what we had in mind when I approached Norman Farr, Director of Sulphur Parks and Recreation, about our own, local Little Free Library," stated Esther Pennington, Sulphur Regional Library Branch Manager.
Youth Services coordinator, Holly DeLeon, suggested the idea as a possible service project for her library Teen Advisory Board.
The library worked with Sulphur Parks and Recreation to complete the library structure and its location in the park.
The "Little Free Library" in Sulphur is among the registered libraries and will soon be on the World Map of Little Free Libraries.
To read more about the "Little Free Library" movement in the United States and worldwide, click HERE.