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Fruita Little Free Library pops up on 18 1/2 Road

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
A Little Free Library is set up at 18 1/2 Road in Fruita, about a mile and a half north of K Road.
Brittany Markert / bmarkert@gjfreepress.com | Free Press

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Our first Little Libraries were roughly 20 inches wide by 15 inches deep by 18 inches high and on a sturdy post or secure foundation. You most certainly can vary the dimensions as you see appropriate.

Use recycled and found materials if you can.

Demonstrate green building techniques and materials whenever possible.

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Source: Little Free Library

Don’t blink, or you might drive right by it. It’s the Little Free Library, set up on 18 1/2 Road in Fruita. The shack-looking box contains around 30-40 books, with a variety of titles, new and old, for younger and older readers. Located one and a half miles north of K Road on 18 1/2 Road, it is one of two located in Colorado’s Grand Valley.

The concept is simple, folks can take, share or give books as little, or as often, as desired. The nonprofit is a nationwide organization that allows residents in the community to build small boxes just like the one in Fruita.

Vicki Johnson, of Fruita, decided to build her own chapter through Little Free Library in July.



“I love to read,” she said. “I read to my son and grandkids. With reading it expands your horizons and it can take you anywhere in the world. It can make you laugh and cry and I think people need that.”

Johnson has shared her love of books by creating the library.



She hopes this library will spark interest for other community members to create more like it.

Johnson has collected books over the last few months to put into the library. She has only seen a few drop by and take books, but she hopes folks will return with books in exchange.

If interested in creating a Little Free Library, folks can purchase a pre-made kit from http://www.littlefreelibrary.org ranging in price from $150-400 or create their own. Johnson used old barn wood and a window to create her little library.

“It was easy to do, I saw a plan that was similar and expanded on it,” Johnson said. “If you make it up yourself, you can be a lot more creative. That’s what’s fun about it is you make it your own.

The library has two shelves which are lined with books for all ages from children to adult, cookbook to mysteries.

Humanists Doing Good hopes to create a little library similar to Johnson’s to place in downtown Fruita as well, once construction is complete.

To learn more about Little Free Library, visit http://www.littlefreelibrary.org.


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