Little Free Library opening in Evergreen

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By Sandy Barnes

A couple are opening a Little Free Library in Evergreen on Saturday.


Housed in a small red cabinet, the library of Linda and Larry LaGrange will offer passers-by books to borrow and a place to leave books for others. People hiking around Evergreen Lake on DeDisse Trail can see the library and use it at any time.

“It’s open all the time,” Linda said. “They can take a book, and leave a book.”

Because of the nature of the library, people do not necessarily have to return a book, so there is not an issue with people stealing them, Linda said, However, it would be good for people to leave another book for someone else, she added.

The miniature library does not have space for people to drop off large numbers of books, but rather one or two at a time, Linda noted.

Larry LaGrange said his son Brent came up with the idea for the Little Free Library after learning about the movement on the Internet. Brent used a cabinet as a base for the structure and added a pitched roof, he said.

The Little Free Library movement began in Wisconsin in 2009. There are now numerous Little Free Libraries throughout the country, including in Denver area communities. Little Free Libraries also have emerged in 35 other countries, bringing the total count to more than 5,000 worldwide, according to information on the website.

The organization recommends placing the small structures in visible locations on private property where they can be observed by the owners.

The library at the LaGrange home has a certification number and is registered with the organization, Larry said.

The LaGranges are hoping the Little Free Library will catch on in Evergreen.

“I wanted to let the community know it’s here,” Linda said.

Information about the Little Free Library movement can be found at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.