Harmony School of Excellence seventh grader Magnus Sevcik got the idea for the project while riding bikes with his family at Terry Hershey Park in West Houston.
“I saw a little box someone had painted with a Texas flag and it was full of books that I would have loved to read,” says Magnus. “I didn’t understand until my Mom explained it to me that these books were free, I could read them and then return them whenever I liked. The point of the library being that books don’t have to be expensive, everyone can enjoy a good book simply by sharing what you already have. I immediately decided my neighborhood, Woodwind Lakes, really needed one.”
Magnus approached the Woodwind Lakes Homeowner’s Association for permission and once granted, started fundraising with neighbors and working to raise money for the largest library offered by littlefreelibrary.org.
“I feel good that I can share my bookcase full of books with other kids in the neighborhood and they can share theirs with me. I hope the library will be used by adults and little kids, too.”
Major underwriter Lynn Collins, REALTOR, Better Homes and Gardens, Gary Greene says, “I do not have children so this is a special gift to the children in the neighborhood from me.”
Started in Hudson, Wisconsin, by social entrepreneur Tod Bol, Little Free Library is a meeting place between free access to books and literacy promotion, coupled with DIY woodworking. When word spread through Wisconsin, its founders formed a non-profit group, and Little Free Library has turned into a worldwide book sharing and social movement. Its reach has extended as far away as Canada, Mexico, Australia and Afghanistan. The people who began this book-loving movement want to see at least 2,510 Little Free Libraries all around the planet, which would surpass the number of libraries built by Andrew Carnegie.