In the leafless craggy shadows of the great white oak trees surrounding the triangulation of roads leading away from the epicenter of the community meeting place beside the Eel River, numerous residents of this out-lying nook, 16miles NE of Willits gathered on Sunday morning, February 16, to dedicate the “Little Free Library” of Hearst, California, while enjoying the blue sky and sunshine, the comaraderie of neighbors getting together for a common purpose, as well as homemade cookies, sparkling cider and chilled prosecco.
Tulsi and Samara Bixler, did the honor of cutting yards of red ribbon encircling the ‘chiquitito bibliotec’ so that everyone involved could place their donated volumes onto the newly painted, wooden shelves….. ready for all who love to read. From Nancy Drew toAll the Light We Cannot See to Myths and Stories of the Bible to Amelia Bedelia to Poems of Gary Snyder….. there appeared to be something of intrinsic worth to all who came.
Little Free Library, founded in 2009, is a 501 nonprofit organization that promotes neighborhood book exchanges, usually in the form of a public bookcase. More than 90,000 public book exchanges are registered with the organization and branded as Little Free Libraries. The one at Hearst is registered as number 97679. .
Thanks to the artistry of Jerry Albright (who used bits and scraps of other building projects), the tenacity of June Ruckman (the power behind registration and organization), and the inkling of an idea from Tamara Adams, folks who come to the river in the hot parts of the year to swim, all the citizens of the surrounding area, and even the guests who come to visit Emandal from the bay area and beyond, can stop by and check out the volumes ensconced in the elegantly crafted ‘cupboard by the road’, situated adjacent to the rural mailboxes.
Come, take a book, leave a book. Enjoy!