October 29, 2018
An innovative eight-year-old sets up Little Free Libraries in Indiana
by Julie Goldberg
Eight-year-old Adelyn Brazil loves to read and wants everyone else to love it just as much, too. While on a family vacation to New Orleans, she came across a number of Little Free Libraries in the city and told her parents she wanted to open one of her own in their hometown of Crown Point, Indiana.
Soon after, she proposed her idea to the city council: to set up six Little Free Libraries across town, which she would call “Bulldog Book Stations,” a reference to a local sports team.
Her proposal was approved, but there was one problem: these Little Free Libraries were not-so-free. The cost of each came out to around $357, not including books.
After realizing that the community was eager to offer their support, Adelyn set up a GoFundMe page. Within two months, Adelyn raised several hundred dollars to be allocated towards future repairs, maintenance, and of course keeping the libraries filled with books. Three stations are running in Crown Point, but Adelyn and her family want to start three more. The current libraries are filled with a diverse array of titles from a various genres geared towards both children and adults. Adelyn’s mom, Rachel, estimated that their family went through “at least a few hundred books by now.”
In planning where to place the new libraries throughout the town, Adelyn’s parents were able to spark a discussion with her about socioeconomic barriers within education and literature. They encouraged her to consider where these kinds of resources might be most appreciated. The message clearly resonated, too. As the eight-year-old girl writes on her GoFundMe page, “I know that not everyone can BUY new books all the time – they can get expensive!” Tell us about it, Adelyn. That’s why Little Free Libraries and libraries are so essential to continued reading and literacy.
Julie Goldberg is an intern at Melville House.