I love this.
Have you heard of the Little Free Library? What began as a small schoolhouse-shaped box with a “free books” sign in 2009 has now become a nationwide movement. These small, handmade boxes with “take a book, leave a book” simplicity offer an easy way to share books with your friends and neighbors, and I’m so excited that this adorable trend is finally coming to Dayton! Eight Little Free Libraries will soon be registered in the greater Dayton area, and one will be housed locally at Schoolhouse Park in Centerville.
Below is an official press release for the upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on July 13 at 10:45 a.m. It includes a free story time! Bring your books and get ready to swap some books with other local families – and enjoy the park while you’re there, as well!
WASHINGTON TWP: The Centerville-Washington Park District is pleased to announce the addition of a Little Free Library at Schoolhouse Park, 1875 Nutt Road. This Little Free Library is the first in Centerville, and one of eight registered in the greater Dayton area. A Little Free Library is a collection of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and leave behind another book to share. This concept was introduced in Wisconsin and has turned into a worldwide book sharing movement.
Make plans to attend the Ribbon Cutting for the Schoolhouse Park Little Free Library July 13 at 10:45 a.m. A free story time for children ages 5 and under will follow the short ribbon cutting ceremony. Bring along a book to share with the library. Schoolhouse Park also includes playground equipment; a picnic shelter; a paved multi-use trail; baseball diamonds; and basketball, tennis and pickleball courts. Bring a picnic lunch and spend some time in the park after the ceremony and story time!
Generous donations from the Centerville Rotary Club and the Centerville-Washington Foundation helped make the Little Free Library possible. The Carpenters Local 136 and the Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program volunteered their time and skills to build the library, which was designed by Patrick Hansford Associates. The Little Free Library will be monitored by the Friends of Washington-Centerville Library to make sure it is always stocked with books. Visit to drop off a book to enjoy and pick up a new one for yourself or your children!
You can find other Little Free Libraries in our area and all over the world by visiting www.littlefreelibrary.org.
The Centerville-Washington Park District operates eight community parks, nine nature parks, and 33 neighborhood parks encompassing 1,000 acres in Centerville and Washington Township. For more information about the Centerville-Washington Park District, please call (937) 433-5155 or visit www.cwpd.org.