Elkin Municipal Park has a Little Free Library. The bright red box has books inside for everyone. On one’s next excursion to the park, he or she can bring a favorite book, add it to the box, and take one that interests him. The Little Free Library can be found near the gazebo located next to the flower garden circle in the middle of the walking track.
The box was purchased with funds provided by the Elkin Public Library Endowment. Elkin Public Library staff member Carol Vanderpool painted it with scenes from the E & A Trail at the north end of the park. There is a picture of the Shoe Factory Dam and the gong along the trail built by the Elkin Valley Trails Association.
Bill Woell, a local woodworker, carved Albert Einstein’s head as a door handle as well as the wooden ducks and turtles recalling the Duck and Turtle Regatta held annually on Pumpkin Festival Day as a fundraiser for the Elkin Valley Trails and Yadkin Valley Rotary Club. The Elkin Sign Shop weatherized the decorations.
Elkin’s Little Free Library Charter number is 21875.
Carter Alley was one of the first patrons of the Little Free Library. He found his favorite book, “Happy Birthday, Moon” by Frank Asch in the box when he came to the park for soccer practice. He plans to return with a book to leave for others.
Little Free Libraries is a nonprofit organization based in Hudson, Wisconsin. It supports the worldwide movement to offer free books housed in small containers to members of a local community, thereby promoting literacy and a love of reading. Little Free Libraries are also referred to as community book exchanges, book trading posts, or pop-up libraries.
They are a place to share ideas, skills, stories, and knowledge. Said to be a bird feeder for humans, many of the containers look a bit like a fancy bird house! There are over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually. For more information, go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/.