By Heather Lusk
Another little free library is popping up in Zionsville with a very unique look.
Rhonda Adams repurposed a newspaper box to hold materials for the free book exchange in her Rock Bridge neighborhood. She investigated a variety of options before landing on the idea. The Indianapolis Star sold her the newspaper box for the price they would get from recycling the metal.
“I wanted something that was going to withstand our extreme temperature,” she said. “Low maintenance was key.”
It will be among a handful of little free libraries in Zionsville and hundreds in Indiana.
“I love books, and I’ve seen the little free libraries around,” Adams said. “It wasn’t until Pleasant View Elementary got one earlier this year that I thought why don’t I put one in my neighborhood.”
She said that her relatively new neighborhood of Rock Bridge is filled with social and fun neighbors. She hopes that as people are actively walking around the neighborhood they will become more active in reading as well.
“It was kind of a no brainier,” Adams said. “I was disappointed in myself that I hadn’t thought of it sooner.”
“I’m hoping it gets everybody more excited about reading,” she said.
Donations have come from neighbors, coworkers and even publishers. The variety ranges from adult to young adult to baby books. She enlisted a local group of Brownies to paint the exterior of the box with a Dr. Suess theme.
The library will be in a common area of Rock Bridge and will be unveiled at a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. May 1. The Scoop will sell ice cream, attendees can create bookmarks at a craft table by Palette and local author Amy Sorrels will sign her third book being released that same day.