LFL Corner: A Little Free Library book blast in Torrington

A Little Free Library, filled and ready for borrowing and lending.

Little Free Libraries are popping up all over Torrington. My car was filled with donated books and off I went to fill the book boxes with my friend and fellow steward, Marsha Miles. We picked a great day since it was the last day of school and kids were on campus to pick up whatever they left behind months ago. It was great to see the activity, perfect for sharing books and smiles.

All the schools have a Little Free Library mostly due to the generosity of the amazing Leadership Committee of the NW Chamber of Commerce. Now with summer vacation, students can find a book 24/7 at the book boxes on campus. If you are overstocked with books, this is a fun activity touring all the Little Free Libraries. Maybe you will find the perfect beach read.

The first stop on the tour is actually in Litchfield right over the Torrington line at Blue Seal Feeds + Needs. Charter #87499. This one was handmade by Torrington resident, Joe Ammirato. What a beautiful build; it is a barn with a green roof! Marsha is the steward and keeps up with new titles and waters the succulents on its roof.

Today we are dropping off “An ABC Animal Orchestra” by local author Melissa Davillo Hart and beautifully illustrated by Jan Alessio. All the Little Free Libraries on the tour have this book to share, with others donated by raving fans of this wonderful children’s book.

The next stop is a Southwest school on Litchfield Street. This well loved book box was also hand made. It is not chartered. If anyone has a connection to the school lets me know if they want a number and it can be placed on the global map — www.littlefreelibrary.org/map — I will be happy to donate one to the school.

Marsha and I then parked and worked on Franklin Street. The greenway near the river bank will be open soon. I’m excited to announce also that there will be a Little Free Library coming soon at the Sanctuary Yoga Studio. Charter #101905! Grand opening to be announced.

Now a quick jaunt to City Hall, Charter #79402. This one was sponsored by Altrusa of Litchfield County, a community organization which also has a Books for Babies Project. I would love to learn more about that! I too fill Little Free Libraries with board books for little ones.

Next stop is another school, Vogel Wetmore, at 68 Church Street, Charter #80467. This is one that was came courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce program, and was purchased from www.LittleFreeLibrary.org. Did you know the Amish build them? They are great craftsmen.

Now over to Prospect Street to St John Paul the Great School. They have an old real estate book box that will be replaced soon with a new one. This is filled with kids books in a walkable are,a so I am sure this box is well circulated too.

Forbes school on 500 Migeon Ave. is next. Good thing we stopped today. Nearly empty, we filled it to the brim. Charter #80470 is good to go!

The next stop is at a private home on Victoria Street, Charter #64433. This is a beautiful spot to take a book. The idea is to then leave a book, if not today, another day. This is how the boxes stay full and circulated like any library does. With our libraries just now opening and classes happening online, we now more than ever need to visit our library’s and share books. Today this tour was in Torrington. There are many more to visit that we did not stop at. I’m looking forward to the next tour of Torrington schools.

I was told an LFL popped up in the Senior Center and in the Bowman Community Garden. Brandon Nemcik built a beautiful Little Free Library as his Eagle Scout project. You can also find Marsha’s book box at 156 Moore Drive, Charter #61805. When driving back to Morris, I had to stop in Goshen at the Shell station which hosts Charter #72384. I remember this library well. It was in a community auction and I bid on it myself to donate. It is the perfect spot.

I hope you will now put some spare books and the kids in the car and go tour the book boxes in Torrington, sharing books and smiles along the way. If anyone is tech savvy and would like to help us make a map guide, we could leave them in each Little Free Library. I just love our community and all the people who live, learn and pass it on.

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