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Little Free Library draws readers in Wake Forest

Posted December 28, 2013

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— New libraries are popping up in the Heritage community in Wake Forest, but there are no library cards or due dates, and patrons can’t go inside.

Known as the “Little Free Library,” neighbors can share their favorite literature and stories. It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place for all ages to enjoy. 

"Little Free Library" is done all on the honor system and it's worked out really well," said Jill McCulloch.

Jill McCulloch Little Free Library encourages kids to read

McCulloch and her husband built four of the little libraries for their community after learning about the national non-profit organization. 

"Everything is waterproof," she said. "That is the most important thing about your library, it has to be waterproof."

MuCulloch says she plans to approach the mayor of Wake Forest about installing "Little Free Libraries" at public parks in town.

"I think it is good because it encourages kids to read," said reader Lauren Merrell. "There was actually a book on birds in there and it looked pretty cool." 

"I think it is so fundamental," McCulloch said. "It is so important for kids to read." 

The first "Little Free Library" was built in 2009 by a man in Wisconsin who built the small house in honor of his mother. There are now over 10,000 Little Free Libraries nationwide. 



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  • fishon Jan 2, 2014

    Our Wake Forest subdivision HOA put one near our pool last year. Never thought to inform WRAL.

  • lavenderdejectedmoon Dec 30, 2013

    Thrilled to live in such a wonderful community.