Have you heard about the Little Free Libraries? Maybe there’s one near you, and you didn’t know about it. I didn’t know that my town has two, until I looked it up on the map. Sure enough, I found one nearby that’s just as cute as a speckled pup.

Tim and Susie S. of Mustang, OK

This week the Little Free Library movement is celebrating 10 years. To join in the fun, I visited our Little Free Library and talked to Susie about what led her (and Tim) to build this beauty.

How did you come across the idea of building a little library for your neighborhood?

Our daughter Shera in Naperville, Illinois, called and asked her dad to build her one. When I checked into the idea, I decided I wanted one for our neighborhood, too. Tim found the plans online and made two, so this one in Oklahoma has a twin in my daughter’s neighborhood in Illinois.

Has reading always been important to you?

Definitely. My mother was a school librarian, and I was an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. We raised our kids in Central Illinois, and three of four of them presented book reports on the show Reading Rainbow. Reading together as a family has meant a lot to me.

Susie and Regina braving the infamous Oklahoma wind while adding “The Lieutenant’s Bargain” to the Little Free Library.

What has been the benefit of the Little Free Library?

I get such joy from watching the kids with a sack on their bicycle handles come up and switch out books. It’s also fun to see the books that appear in there and think about which neighbor shared them. It’s very community building.

Is there any special customization on this Little Free Library?

Yes! Tim put a hook on the post so browsers have a place to hook their dog leashes while they make their choice.

Favorite book?

Love Does by Bob Goff.

Best piece of reading advice?

Read to your kids, even when they get older. We have wonderful family memories of all four kids getting into bed for story time.

Thank you, Susie and Tim! I know your neighborhood is blessed by the work you did to make this available to them.

How about y’all? Do you have anything similar near your house?

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