We have a new mini library in the downtown Little Rock neighborhood. Installed Sunday evening, August 9, 2015, in the Pettaway Neighborhood, the library was won in a Chronicle Books essay contest about the neighborhood and why we should have a mini library.
The goal of the mini library is to further community engagement, inspire reading, handling books, visiting and exploring libraries.
The first mini library I saw was in El Dorado, Arkansas. It was located in their historic and revitalized downtown. An old telephone booth on a street corner filled with books was their mini library. Last summer I returned to El Dorado for a meeting and after dinner one night saw a teenager sitting next to it engrossed in a book he apparently got from the mini library. So cool and inspiring, I thought to myself, “that mini library will certainly contribute to the sustainability of the City’s downtown revitalization efforts.”
I can’t say how the mini library will benefit our neighborhood but my wish is that it will inspire reading and a love for reading. I hope it will inspire people to visit our great and diverse neighborhood. I hope it will further community engagement, love and support for our neighborhood. Our mini library kind of looks like and inspired totem pole of sorts that I hope exudes some of the rich and historic character of the neighborhood. I hope the mini library will inspire children of all ages and their parents to frequent the two local libraries near the neighborhood (both within walking distance).