Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sherwood Oaks to Get Little Free Library

Sherwood Oaks is one of 15 Bloomington neighborhoods to receive a Little Free Library. The library will be located on South Bainbridge and will be "open" in August. 
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Little Free Libraries coming to 15 neighborhoods

from The Herald Times

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 5:33 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Thu Jun 26, 2014.

The Friends of the Monroe County Public Library has received a $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to buy “Little Free Libraries” for 15 neighborhoods. These mailbox-sized libraries have been called an “international movement” by the New York Times. The “take a book, return a book” tiny libraries foster better relationships, improve literacy and get neighbors to talk to one another.

Friends of the Library will promote awareness of the mailbox-sized libraries. Participating neighborhood associations will install the little libraries, promote use through association communications, maintain collections and structure and report on impact. Lowe’s will donate materials and labor and they will be built by R. Martin Woodworks.

“We are very excited about having a Little Free Library in our neighborhood and have in fact been talking about doing this for some months,” said Carol Gulyas, president of the Near West Side Neighborhood Association.

Karen Franks, president of the Monroe County Friends of the Library, added, “This is a wonderful extension of the excellent services extended to our community each and every day. It is exciting to be part of an international

“One of the areas of focus for the Duke Energy Foundation
Calloway, Duke Energy Monroe County community relations manager. “Little Free Libraries are a creative way to cultivate a love of reading within the community.”

The Little Free Libraries will begin appearing in neighborhoods in mid-summer.

About The Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving.

The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In Indiana, the Duke Energy Foundation invests approximately $2 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about the Duke Energy Foundation, visit

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