PHOTO CAPTION: Bill Dickman, left, steadies the Warrens Little Free Library as mini library builders Bob Dana and Jerry Schaller prepare to secure it to the post.
It’s been 10 years since the Warrens Little Free Library was installed in downtown Warrens as a community service project of the Warrens Lions and Cranberry Country Lioness. The occasion is being celebrated with a birthday party in conjunction with the Aug. 10 Warrens Community Meal.
“We’ll be serving birthday cake along with having a display about the Little Free Library movement at the August Community Meal. We’re also holding a book drive and will be accepting donations of books from anyone who has a book or two they’d like to donate,” said library steward Lorry Erickson.
The Warrens Little Free Library opened its door on July 21, 2012. The book-sharing box was proposed by Warrens area resident Bonnie Dana, who learned about the Little Free Library movement from a program on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Dana approached the Warrens Lions Club to see if they would be interested in building one or two Little Free Libraries as a community service project. The Lions Club voted to donate $100 toward the cost of materials and members Jerry Schaller and Bob Dana, Bonnie’s husband, volunteered to construct the first mini library.
Dana also contacted the Cranberry Country Lioness Club (which has since merged with the Warrens Lions) to ask if they would take care of stocking the library and rotating the book selections periodically.
Jerry Schaller and his wife, Loraine, later built a second mini library that was originally placed at The Berry Vine and now operates seasonally at Moseley Roadside Market, and a bookcase for children’s books just inside the entrance of the Warrens Elementary School.
In 2016 Abby Beck ~ then 8 years old ~ and her family installed a Little Free Library in the picnic shelter at the Warrens Village Park. Since then two Little Free Libraries have been started at Jellystone Campground and another was recently added along Aspen Avenue in the Three Bears Resort area.
Little Free Libraries operates on the honor system. There’s no librarian, no library cards and no fines for overdue books. Borrowers are simply asked to return books after they’ve finished reading them, or to replace the book with one from their own library.
“Donations of books ~ especially children’s books ~ are always appreciated. If you have just a few to donate, feel free to leave them in the Warrens Little Free Library. If you have a bag or box of books, we have a drop box at the Warrens Village Office,” Erickson said.