There’s a new Little Free Library coming to Morrison City Park.
What’s a Little Free Library you ask? You’ve likely seen them, those brightly colored, overgrown birdhouses that are stuffed with free books.
These book exchanges number over 60,000 globally with the sole purpose of sharing books and creating a community of readers. What’s more, there’s no library card required.
This particular Little Free Library was built in memory of Ruby Davis Brewer, known affectionately as “Alvin” by her granddaughter, Anna Clayton. With Brewer’s recent passing in February, Anna decided to honor her grandmother by opening Alvin’s Little Free Library.
“Alvin was the biggest influence in my life,” says Anna. “She loved reading and it is my hope this Little Library will make books more accessible to the community and encourage everyone to read more great books.”
Alvin’s Little Library is decorated in red, white and blue with a Tennessee Tristar. Anna said she’s placing it near the pavilion by the playground so seating is readily available for anyone looking for a comfortable reading spot. Anna explained the Little Library’s mission is to promote literacy by increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
The grand opening celebration for Alvin’s Little Free Library is this Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and everyone is invited. There will be a book exchange along with refreshments. Book donations will be gladly accepted at the celebration, but not necessary for attendance.
For other locations of Little Free Libraries in McMinnville, check out the following places: the Civic Center, Court Square and the Southern Standard. Additionally, several are located at elementary schools, including Centertown, Dibrell, Hickory Creek and Irving College.
Don’t forget, these libraries belong to everyone. Please take, share and leave books for others.