Little libraries come to Carmel

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Little libraries are simple wooden structures mounted on a post and located outdoors.​ (Submitted photo)

Little libraries are simple wooden structures mounted on a post and located outdoors.​ (Submitted photo)

By Joseph Knoop

Little Free Libraries, essentially boxes designed to house a collection of rotating, publicly-available books, have come to Carmel in three separate locations.

● Outside the John W. Hensel Government Center, 10701 N. College Avenue in Home Place

● At West Park, just west of the intersection of 116th Street and Towne Road

● At Founders Park, at the intersection of 116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway

The boxes are already stocked with donated materials gathered by the Friends of the Library organization for all age groups. Additional donations can be made to the Carmel Clay Public Library.

The boxes are the result of a partnership between Clay Township and Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, and the locations are spread out between east, south central and west side areas of the city.

A parks department spokeswoman said her organization is excited to be an ambassador for the Carmel Clay Public Library’s program.

“As a municipal park, part of our mission is to serve beyond recreation and park activities,” spokeswoman Lindsay Labas said in a statement. “These little libraries help us connect even deeper with the community and support both the Carmel Library and the educational efforts of Carmel Clay Schools.”

The concept of Little Free Libraries began in 2009 by a Wisconsin Rotarian honoring his late mother. The idea spread to most other states in the United States and 55 countries across the globe. Most Little Free Library boxes are simple wooden structures mounted on a post and located outdoors.​

For more information call 844-3362.

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