Little Libraries

Gilmer Public Library strives to serve Gilmer County's surrounding areas. With funding from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, we have built and donated little libraries to the communities throughout the county, including Rosedale, Normantown, Tanner, Linn, Glenville, and Cox's Mills. Feel free to take books from - or donate books to - these community outlets.

Why Does Book Access Matter?

We are facing a growing literacy crisis. Today in the United States, more than 30 million adults cannot read or write above a third-grade level. Studies have repeatedly shown that books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy. The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read. But two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own.

Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.

Please feel free to adopt one of our mini-libraries or to sponsor, build, caretake one of your own! LittleFreeLibrary.org offers ongoing support to Little Free Library volunteer stewards, offering free library-bu

Building instructions, an online store with pre-built library models and kits, access to free or discounted books, and an e-newsletter full of ideas and advice. Their Action Book Club, which combines reading with community service, is open to all.

Did you know?

  • 3 out of 4 people report they’ve read a book they normally would not have read because of a Little Free Library.
  • 73% of people say they’ve met more neighbors because of a Little Free Library.
  • 92% of people say their neighborhood feels like a friendlier place because of a Little Free Library

You can turn your neighborhood into a Little Free Library Neighborhood!

LittleFreeLibrary.org will show you how. Click here to claim your Little Free Library Neighborhood Toolkit. The Toolkit is jam-packed with dozens of activity ideas and insider tips from experienced Little Free Library stewards.

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What’s in the Little Free Library Neighborhood Toolkit? It’s a completely free resource that provides dozens of ideas and tools to help your neighborhood organize around literacy. Start a story hour or book club in your neighborhood. Host a book parade. Read to an elderly neighbor. Donate books to your neighborhood Little Free Library. Open a Little Free Library of your own!

The toolkit includes big ideas and small ideas but they are ALL leading literacy in the right direction. Most of the ideas in the toolkit are tried and true by the hundreds of dedicated Little Free Library stewards—every day literacy warriors—in all types of neighborhoods around the world

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