WSU Haysville plans ‘Little Free Libraries’

Haysville economic development director Zach McHatton picks up donated newspaper boxes earlier this month. WSU Haysville and community partners plan to use the boxes to create “Little Free Libraries.”

By Sam Jack

WSU Haysville is planning to build “Little Free Libraries” around Haysville.
Little Free Libraries are small boxes, filled with books and placed in accessible locations. People can simply take a book, and leave a book. There are currently 75,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide, including three in Derby and several in Wichita and other suburban cities.
“Our plan is to have at least six Little Free Libraries in place and registered, in collaboration with other partners in Haysville, within a year,” said Danielle Gabor, WSU Haysville’s assistant director. “The first library will be in front of WSU Haysville at 106 Stewart within a month or so; the other locations are to be decided.”
WSU Haysville is working with community partners on this project, including the city, the school district, Haysville Community Library and the Haysville Chamber of Commerce.
The library box in front of WSU Haysville will be styled to look like a house and will be mounted in a flower pot. The Wichita Eagle has donated newspaper boxes that could be used for some of the Little Free Libraries.
“Part of the WSU Haysville mission is active engagement with and contribution to the Haysville community,” Gabor said. “The Little Free Libraries being introduced to the community – advocating literacy and hopefully sparking a passion for reading and learning – are just one way we hope to make an impact and show that WSU Haysville cares about and is a part of the community,” Gabor said.
Gabor is planning to register the Little Free Libraries at www.littlefreelibrary.org.