Rougemont Ruritan establishes Little Free Library

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This past August the Rougemont Ruritan Club developed and opened a Little Free Library to serve the Rougemont community.

What is a Little Free Library? It’s part of an international effort to create “take a book, return a book” gathering places where neighbors can share his or her favorite literature and stories — an accessible collection of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

Several years ago Marty Thacker, 2015 president of Rougemont Ruritan Club, brought the idea to the club and recently to the Public Service Committee, chaired by Melody Ann Mininger.

The committee began implementing the plan by selecting a suitable community location.

For visibility and easy access the committee approached Don and Linda Mason about siting the library at Rougemont Village, which is also the site of the annual Rougemont Easter Parade and Festival.

Don and Linda agreed to host the Rougemont Little Free Library and allowed the Rougemont Ruritan Club to place it near the gazebo within Rougemont Village. The library was designed by Norman Perry to look similar to the Rougemont Depot, which is being restored by the community under Ruritan Club leadership.

Norman and Joe Haenn built the library structure with help from fellow Ruritans David Dohr, John Mininger, and Lynn Van Scoyoc, who is also serving as steward of the library.

After initially stocking the library in August with books from just a few members of the Rougemont Ruritan Club, the selection of books has been almost completely replaced by members of the community who use it.

After making an appeal for children’s books, almost one quarter of the books in the library are for children.

Check out the international LFL story at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

“Better yet, encourage your Ruritan Club to sponsor one in your area. Since Ruritan was born in and continues to thrive in rural areas typically distant from public libraries,” said Joe Haenn, “it is uniquely situated to work with Little Free Library to serve rural communities.”

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