Madisonville’s Little Free Library, previously located next to the entrance of the Madison County Extension Office on School Street, can now be found shaded by the oak tree next to the Lake Madison Clubhouse.
“I really just wanted a place where it could have more foot traffic,” said Brooke Willis, who orchestrated Madisonville’s first Little Free Library last year when she could not decide what to do with the books her children had outgrown. “So many kids are out here for baseball and there are parties at the lake house, so it is just an easier location to find and to describe.”
Willis was happy with the location at the Extension Office, but felt like most people only noticed it while driving by opposed to children stumbling upon it by themselves while out walking or riding bicycles. She also received support from the City of Madisonville throughout the entire process.
“The city was excited to have us here,” said Willis. “There was nothing but positive feedback and when I asked them if we could move it, they said yes almost immediately.”
Robert Bustamante assisted in the relocation process.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that began in 2009 and strives to connect communities through a love of sharing and reading. The idea is that anyone can take a book that interests them from one of the locations and they are encouraged to leave one or more as well. They are not required to leave a book if they decide to take a book.
Willis highlighted this point as one of the most frequent questions she receives from members in the community. It is a common misconception that in order to take a book, one also has to leave one. This is not the case. Participants are not even required to return the book, although they are encouraged to continue sharing it. Community members are also encouraged to donate excess books of their own.
“I feel like everyone loves the idea and we are excited,” said Willis. “Maybe in the future we can add more Little Free Libraries in Madisonville.”
For further information on the nonprofit or how you can donate locally, visit littlefreelibrary.org or contact Brooke Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.