Give and take: Little Free Library concept catches on in Falmouth

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FALMOUTH — A grass-roots reading project that has been expanding over the past several months has come to Falmouth.

Molly Nevins, a recent Falmouth High School graduate, said she decided to create a Little Free Library for her senior project after her mom saw it on TV.

“I was trying to find something that would be community-oriented and it sounded like a really fun idea,” she said. “I like to do stuff with my hands so it was kind of perfect.

Nevins said it took two days to construct the little library – one day to build it and another to decorate it – and that after it was completed, it didn’t take long before it was stocked with books.

“I put starter books in it, my old books that I loved when I was a kid, and my mom put some in, too,” she said. “Right after that people from the neighborhood started contributing books.”

The Little Free Library is at the corner of Greenway Drive and Ivy Place. According to Denise Sucher, gifted and talented consultant for Portland Public Schools, may be the first one in Maine.

“We’re definitely the first one in Falmouth, maybe even the state of Maine,” she said.

Sucher said that she put the idea of having a Little Free Library out to her neighbors and Nevins picked up on it.

“I said that it should go at the bus stop and thought that maybe someone with kids would like to do it,” she said. “I was driving home one day and there is the Little Free Library out on a little bench at the bus stop in our neighborhood.”

Patrons of the library are invited to bring back the books they borrow or another they think someone else might like. Sucher said that there are books for all ages, from infants to adults.

“I just put the Maine Student Book Award winners into the box the other day,” she said.

The trend is starting to catch on in Portland, too, Sucher said, with plans in the works to have Little Free Libraries in the Kennedy Park neighborhood.

Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforeacster.net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.

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Falmouth’s first Little Free Library sits at the corner of Greenway Drive and Ivy Place.

Inside the Little Free Library are books for readers of all ages.

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