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April 7, 2020

3/16/2020 1:18:00 PM
Group brings little free library to CSL
This youngster, Trey Gross, finds a children’s book to his liking last Friday at the little free library box in front of the R&K Bait-Tackle and Grocery Store.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
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This youngster, Trey Gross, finds a children’s book to his liking last Friday at the little free library box in front of the R&K Bait-Tackle and Grocery Store.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
With Kathy Moore, from left, Connie Geurkink and Judy Gold of the “Juliottes” club in the background with the Little Free Library box, youngsters wait their turn to select a book to take home. In front from left are Annabelle Littiken, Isabelle Littiken, Masyn Little, Aiden Wright, Zack Gonzales, Gracie Stinson and Jasmine Littiken.
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With Kathy Moore, from left, Connie Geurkink and Judy Gold of the “Juliottes” club in the background with the Little Free Library box, youngsters wait their turn to select a book to take home. In front from left are Annabelle Littiken, Isabelle Littiken, Masyn Little, Aiden Wright, Zack Gonzales, Gracie Stinson and Jasmine Littiken.
Kathy Moore has been an avid book reader all her life. Many of her friends are big readers as well.

They want to share their love of reading books in their community.

So, Moore and her friends got together to start a little free library at Country Squire Lakes, opening their first book box earlier this month with plans to open two more soon.

"I have always tried to share books with others, giving many away to other people and to libraries after I've read them," Moore said. "I have often seen the little libraries in other towns and thought we could do that here, too.

"Not everyone has transportation to go to the Jennings County Public Library whenever they want. With a little library, people wouldn't have to go far to find a good book to read," she added.

Moore's friends in a small women's club they belong to agreed.

"We all got involved," said Judy Gold, one of the club members. "It's a good cause."

The club is called the "Juliottes," which stands for Just Us Ladies Occasionally Enjoying Time Together Eating and Such.

"We started out as a gardening club, but we don't garden anymore," said another club member, Connie Geurkink, with a chuckle.

They are gardening in a different way now, nurturing minds through making books available for adults and children.

Gracie Stinson, a kindergartner, picked up a couple of books after school Friday at the little free library box located outside at the entrance the R&K Bait-Tackle and Grocery Store. Several other kids took books to read, too.

"We have books for all ages," Moore said. "There is fiction, nonfiction, classics and the popular works such as some of the Harry Potter books."

The books are kept in a converted metal box originally used for selling newspapers. People can borrow books from the unlocked boxes at any time. The lettering on the front reads, "Take One Leave One."

"We bought three newspaper boxes in Seymour for $100, money that was donated to us by the Broken Wing Recovery Group," Moore said. "The boxes were a bit rusty and needed some repairing and painting. Layman Fabri­cation did some fabricating for the shelves inside. Imagination Graphics created and donated the graphics. They look very nice."

Moore and her friends then collected donations of books from a variety of sources, including from their own collections, the Friends of the Jennings County Library, the Jennings County Exten­sion Service and others.

Plans are to place a second little free library box soon at the CSL clubhouse. A third box will also be located at CSL's main entrance.

"We hope the children and all people enjoy the books," Moore said. "We encourage everyone to take advantage of our little free library boxes."





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