Off the Hill: Little Free Libraries pop up in Eagle County (video) | VailDaily.com

Off the Hill: Little Free Libraries pop up in Eagle County (video)

This summer's theme at the local libraries is "Build a Better World" which ties in perfectly with the Town of Vail Public Library's Little Free Libraries project. The Little Free Libraries are small structures not much larger than a mailbox placed throughout the community where people can take a book or leave a book for free.

"With the help of many partners, we have collectively built and readied five little library buildings to be placed around town and the valley," said Cricket Pylman, youth services associate at the Town of Vail Public Library. "Although we are the original stewards, these little libraries are the property of the community. The little libraries will become the neighborhood's responsibility to keep in good condition, orderly and fun," said Pylman.

Little Free Libraries started in 2006 in Wisconsin. There are more than 50,000 worldwide. "Our libraries will be registered with littlefreelibrary.org and they will be on the Little Free Library World Map," said Pylman.

The teenagers who participate in the summer reading program were busy building and then painting each structure over the last few months. There were also several partners who helped make this project a success: Colleen Gray and The Literacy Project; Kline Design and Construction, who created the prototype; Chris Evans of Evans Chaffee Construction; Home Depot, who donated the building materials, Blue Moose Pizza, who fed the teens while they were working on the project; the Town of Vail; Vail Public Library and Gene Walker who mounted the doors and hinges of each little library.

Additional libraries will be placed at Big Horn Park, behind Vail Public Library, at Stratton Flats in Gypsum and at Blue Moose Pizza in Lionshead. Everyone is welcome to join the organization as a steward, sign-up for the free, weekly online newsletter or follow them on social media or their website, http://www.vaillibrary.com.

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