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Ericka Goering-Little Library Steward

Ericka Goering-Little Library Steward

Ericka Goering decided to start the first registered Little Free Library in McPherson. Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges are popping up everywhere and number over 40,000 around the world in 70 countries – from Iceland to Pakistan. Now, Little Free Library #38170 at 615 South Walnut Street in McPherson will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

The library is stocked with free books for all ages. Visitors can take a book, leave a book, or both. It doesn’t require a library card, there are no late fees, and you don’t have to worry about returning the book.

“Reading has always been a big part of my life and I think it’s important for everyone to have access to books. If this library inspires a lifelong love of books in a single person, I think that’s a huge success,” said Goering.

The library adds a pop of color to the surroundings, making it unique and eye catching. Goering was granted permission by Scottish artist Johanna Basford to reproduce her original artwork for the project.

It is also stocked with some special items as well as books. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guest book, take a bookmark, and leave a post-it on the books they enjoyed the most. There is also a container of dog treats and a leash hook on the post so pet parents can browse with both hands while their four legged friends safely enjoy a snack. A geocache will soon be located at the site as well.

Donations of books are greatly appreciated and can be left in the library, or on the front porch of 615 South Walnut.

For more information or to arrange a donation, contact the steward at mcphersonlittlefreelibrary@gmail.com. Follow the library on Facebook at Facebook.com/McPhersonLittleFreeLibrary. Learn more about the Little Free Library nonprofit organization at littlefreelibrary.org.