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Little Free Library Unveiled!


It’s little. It’s a library. You’re free to take a book and donate a book. What a concept!

In this fast-paced, gadget-driven world, it’s easy to forget that we live in communities designed to support each other in big and small ways.


Don’t laugh. A writer needs to focus. Plus, This new sound system is awesome. It’s like I’m at a Bing Crosby concert…LIVE! The mask? Oh. That’s for my office’s 100-Day No-Munching-While-Key Punching Challenge.

On June 17th, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library affirmed its commitment to nurturing the famous Ridgefield community spirit by unveiling an official Little Free Library (LFL) near the stately oak tree adjacent to Taverner Ridge on S. Hillhurst. It’s the third LFL in the 98642 zip code and joins approximately 30 LFLs in Clark County.

The concept is simple: it’s a neighborhood-based “take a book, return a book” free book exchange (although returning a book is not mandatory). The Friend’s LFL has a volunteer Steward, Judith Reel, who will make sure the LFL is stocked. Anyone may contribute and take books, and you don’t have to return the books you took. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system. If everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside, we all win!


It takes a village to raise a Little Free Library and here are some of the villagers. Lucky for us, these people are all Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library. They tend to travel in groups and with delectable treats!

Ridgefield’s LFL has already demonstrated the power of this program to spark creativity and encourage community collaboration. Sarah Trenn, then President of the Friends, introduced the idea in October 2016. Lyndon Divine, teen library volunteer, built the structure. High School art teacher, Tamara Hoodenpyle, and her students designed and painted the LFL. The City worked with Tevis Laspa (who installed the LFL) to plan and approve the site.


And this is what it’s all about, People!

The LFL had its first “customers,” Maddox and Paxson Stewart, during the unveiling. They came with a book to donate and were quite excited to find a wide array of captivating children’s books to take home. There were also some interesting titles for Mommy!

Don’t let this little library’s size fool you. Remember the old American proverb, “From small beginnings come great things.”


Well, perhaps not all small things turn out so great…but, you get the idea, right?



Okay, it may not look like much now. But just wait until the actual super-sweet structure that high school students built and decorated is affixed to this pole. Then you’ll understand why we’re so excited!

Question: Is it possible to have too much access to too many free books?

Answer: Is that a trick question?

If you’re like us (and if you’re reading this, you probably are), there’s no such thing as too many books or too many places to find them.


Word Words, Unite! I’ll admit it. When I sink my teeth into a good book, not even a squirrel distracts me. I found these books at a Little Free Library, and I’ll take them back so that some other critter can enjoy them just as soon as I’m finished devouring them. 

Here’s some great news for all you book-lovers out there!

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library has arranged for a Little Free Library to be installed near the old oak tree on S. Hillhurst Road. The nearest cross street is South Nighthawk Road.

Question: What is a Little Free Library?

Answer: Good question! It’s two things.

  1. It refers to a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Click here to learn all about the organization, to see where in the world little free libraries are located, and to find out how YOU could build and sponsor one.
  2. It also refers to the structure itself. Little Free Libraries come in many shapes and sizes, but they share one thing in common: anyone may contribute or take books (but you don’t have to contribute books—we have a “Steward” who will make sure there are always plenty of books in our Little Free Library!). The free and open exchange of books is designed to build trusting, supportive community of life-long learners.

There are roughly 30 of these unique Little Free Libraries around Clark County. Ours was built and decorated by students from the high school!

The Ridgefield Friends of the Library invite you to the grand opening ceremony on
Saturday, June 17th at 10 am.

A short dedication will be followed by light refreshments. Please come and join our celebration!

Bring a book… take a book… or come and have a cookie! Just be a part of this wonderful community.


Um…I don’t think it’s going to be that high off the ground, People. Anyway, hope to see you there!

As always, thank you for your support of YOUR public library!