Pensacola has one more Little Free Library (LFL) on the map, with the opening of the Pineglades Neighborhood Association’s LFL at Pineglades Park, 301 Euclid St. On Jan. 7, Mayor Ashton Hayward formally opened the LFL, one of several expected in Pensacola in the coming months.
The movement’s motto is “Take a Book, Return a Book.” The LFLs are small structures—many look like large birdhouses— containing donated books that are available for anyone to borrow. Borrowers can keep or return the books they pick up from the LFLs, and are encouraged to donate books when possible.
Pineglades residents Robert and Gail Childs designed, built, and installed the LFL at Pineglades Park, and neighborhood residents donated the books inside.
The Pineglades LFL is one of a growing number in town. In late 2013, Pensacola’s Carolyn Appleyard put up a LFL in her neighborhood near Bayou Texar, which has since inspired other locals to put up LFLs in their neighborhoods and at businesses throughout the city.
Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis. built the first LFLs in 2009 as a way to honor his mother, a former teacher. Now, only five years later, there are an estimated 10,000 LFLs worldwide.
For more information about LFLs, visit littlefreelibrary.org. To keep up with the LFL action in Pensacola, visit “Pensacola’s Little Free Libraries” Facebook page at facebook.com/PensacolasLittleFreeLibraries.