Little Free Libraries

The Little Free Library is located at the Paradise Point Officer Housing on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The library is offered to anyone who lives aboard MCB Camp Lejeune.

According to Grace Kim, steward of the Saint Mary Drive, ‘The Loop’s’ Little Free Library, and the Bevin Street Free Little Free Library opened Oct. 20.

“We have so many kids on the street who could use The Little Free Library and I thought it would bring a sense of community,” said Kim. “I love visiting any Little Free Library that I run into during my travels and I wanted that sense of wonder and excitement for our residents.”

Little Free Libraries operate on the moto “Take one, leave one” to help encourage reading.

According to Kim, The Loop’s library has 30 to 40 books at all times, with something for everybody.

The library has two shelves; one for adult and the other for children.

According to Kim, there are a variety of books including self-help, board books for young children, and a mixture of fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children.

“I check on it weekly. Neighbors drop off books at my house if the library is too full, and I make sure it is well stocked with a variety of books,” said Kim.

Knowing the Little Free Library could be helping establish a passion for reading in the youngest base residents is Kim’s favorite quality of the library.

“(The Little Free Library)is located right across the street from me, so I can look out my front door and see people slowing down their cars as they pass, then stopping and getting out to give or take a book,” said Kim. “ My greatest joy is when I see a child taking a book. I am an elementary school teacher, so it is my absolute joy seeing children wanting to read.”

The library itself was built by a neighbor, according to Kim, and signed by the children and community members who utilize it.

According to Kim, since the library was set in place, it has received a lot of positive feedback.

“Being a military community, there is so much mobility, but we also know that the Marine Corps feels so small, so I love the fact that someone new might move into the neighborhood and see a familiar name signed on the library,” said Kim. “The signatures on the library are mostly children’s handwriting and I treasure that because this library is for them and I hope they feel ownership over it. I truly hope this becomes a keepsake for the residents.

For more information about the Little Free Libraries, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.