Community health and strength through residents and leaders who care:  Ana Maria DeYoung, leader of  Flamingo Neighbors,  and Jane Stroud, president of Loving Garland Green, met in the Garland Community Garden to plan the placement of a  "Little Free Library."

Yesterday it was worth it to drag myself out of bed and down to the Garland Community Garden to meet with Jane and Ana Maria because a three-year dream of mine was coming one step closer to fruition:  the installation of a Little Free Library down at the garden.  There are a couple of these libraries in Garland, one of them has been in existence for at least four years.  That Little Free Library is located at 1720 Hilltop Dr  Garland, Texas 75042.  Ever since I came upon it by accident one day I have been wanting one for my front yard and for the garden.

Ana Maria, through her contact with our Garland Neighborhood Vitality group, was able to secure an old Dallas Morning News metal newsstand.  It is being repurposed into a Little Free Library that will feature logos of both the Flamingo Neighbors and Loving Garland Green--two groups very active in improving the health and security of our community.

If you haven't heard of Little Free Libraries before, they are a great thing for increasing neighborliness and sharing.  Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.  Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

The libraries work like this:  If you have a book that you've read and enjoyed, put it inside a Little Free Library and share with others.  You can come and take a book--don't worry that you don't have a book to leave because after you read the one you've checked out, you'll have one to leave when taking another one the next time.


We will be applying for a license to register our Little Free Library.  Visit their website to learn more about their organization.


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