Little Free Library

Kate Mell with the Little Free Library on the corner of South Whitaker and Merchant streets in New Buffalo.

NEW BUFFALO — The Friends of the New Buffalo Library has installed Little Free Libraries on South Whitaker and Merchant Streets in downtown New Buffalo, and at the New Buffalo Township Park on Red Arrow Highway.

The two new library outposts are among more than 100,000 placed by volunteers worldwide.

Kate Mell, who led the Little Free Library effort in New Buffalo, says, “The Little Free Library boxes are kept stocked by stewards Judie Giardina and Karen Kingsley, and anyone is welcome to take a book and either return it to the box or pass it along to someone else. People are also welcome to donate books in good condition.”

Mell says the Friends of the Library plans to stock both adult and children’s titles, and offer a range of fiction and nonfiction. Books, mostly used, are being supplied through individual donations and the New Buffalo Township Library. If the initial little libraries prove popular, the Friends of the library may add others in the future, Mell says.

The new Little Free Libraries are registered with the national organization. The book boxes have sprung up throughout Harbor Country. Some are privately placed; some are erected by organizations like the Friends of the Library or libraries themselves.

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