A second Little Free Library in Mt. Juliet was dedicated Saturday afternoon in Providence Landing on the south side of the city.
Subdivision resident 9-year-old Madison Brito-Woodall brought the idea for the Little Free Library to the community’s homeowner’s association. The HOA approved the idea.
Residents can take a book to read and return or they can take a book to keep. If they choose to keep a book, Brito-Woodall asked they bring a book to replace the one kept. The new give-a-book, take-a-book facility was donated and constructed by several Providence Landing residents and was placed by the community’s pool house for easy access.
“We’re really excited because one of our homeowners actually built it,” said Barbara Ladner, Providence Landing HOA president, before the unveiling. “We have it covered so no one can see this beautiful work of art, but we’re going to be dedicating it in a little while, and we’re very excited about this.”
Resident Russ Wiles built the three-tier until which can house books for everyone.
“I’ve coached baseball and football for about 25 years, and I love kids,” Wiles said. “Kids are our future. And, you can’t deny Madison. She’s a sweet little girl and is just wonderful to be around.”
He said because there are about 206 homes in the neighborhood, the library can be used for a number of children of different ages.
Brito-Woodall is a voracious reader, and when she learned about the Little Free Library program, she wanted one in her community. When she was younger, she was taken to the library almost every day. She even had a birthday party there.
“That was just the beginning of my love for books,” she said in a prepared speech. “I heard of this program called the Little Free Library about six months ago. With lots of help and hard work, we have the first one in our area.”
She said her dream is to have the Little Free Library “all over Mt. Juliet and all over Tennessee. How cool would it be to have one of these in every neighborhood?”
A Buddy Bench will eventually join the library, with hooks for a dog’s leash, so neighborhood children can sit and read and meet other children in the neighborhood.
To fill the library with books Saturday, residents brought multiple children’s books that area residents can read and enjoy.
The Little Free Library is a worldwide idea. There are more than 50,000 Little Free Library book exchanges worldwide.