Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club members are connecting books to bookworms while bringing the community together with Little Free Libraries.
“When I became Rotary president, one of the things that popped up in the Rotary magazine was that Rotary clubs were putting together these libraries,” said Matt Denny, president of the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club. “One of the goals in Rotary is to increase literacy around the world, as well as encourage community peace.”
A Little Free Library looks like a miniature home with a variety of books inside. The idea of the Little Free Library is to be a place for the public to take a book and leave a book, for free.
There are six Little Free Libraries, two of which were installed by the SCV Rotary Club, in the Santa Clarita Valley:
- Little Free Library #21493
28538 Kathleen Ave, Saugus, CA 91350
- Barbara Gordon’s Little Free Library (a bilingual library)
25249 Atwood Blvd., Newhall, CA 91321
- Little Free Library #19785
29681 Mammoth Ln., Canyon Country, CA 91387
- Carousel Ranch Little Free Library
34289 Rocking Horse Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
There are others in the valley but the addresses were not available.
There are two more planned Little Free Library installations in the next month — one at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus and one at a home in Canyon Country.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization based in Wisconsin, according to the website. In January 2015, there were more than 25,000 Little Free Libraries registered around the world.
A Facebook group, Santa Clarita Valley Little Free Libraries, was created for members to post information about the local free libraries.
To install the Little Free Libraries, Rotary members had to obtain permits from the city of Santa Clarita and may have to have the library structures approved by local homeowner’s associations if more residents would like to install the libraries, Denny said.
“Hopefully, we can encourage more people to do this on their own,” he said.
A Little Free Library can be handmade or bought from the organization’s website. Their prices vary but begin at about $200.
“This is a benefit for the community — to bring neighborhoods together. People are stopping and talking to each other,” Denny said. “It’s a great way for the community to get to know each other and share literature. It’s a way for the community to come together and be a little more cohesive.”