Look for the Little Free Library at Green Spring Gardens

Lending Library 2It’s little, it’s free, and it’s good for you. It’s a national movement that Green Spring Gardens has joined.

Little Free Libraries started in 2009 when Todd Bol of Wisconsin built a model of a one-room school house as a tribute to his mother, who was a teacher with a love of reading. He put the house in his front yard, filled it with books, and neighbors borrowed them as they wished. It was a huge success, the news media spread the word, and Bol was soon making and giving away houses.

Rick Brooks of the University of Wisconsin learned of the houses and, inspired by a program called, “take a book, leave a book,” teamed with Bol to place houses in public spaces such as coffee shops. Most were funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. By the end of 2013, Brooks and Bol had established 2,508 Little Free Libraries.

Fast forward four years. I overhead Master Gardener and Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) board member Tatiana Lisle talking about a little library for the Children’s Garden at Green Spring. Community Horticulture Supervisor Pam Smith was considering placing one near the Children’s or Wildlife Gardens. By chance, there was a Little Free Library close to my home that was modeled after nearby townhouses, complete with spindles, shutters and wood siding. That led me to its builder, Glen Crumley. The retired Navy pilot and grandfather of five offered to build a house for Green Spring for just the cost of supplies. Green Spring is working with FROGS to keep it stocked with children’s books on gardening, vegetables, worms, butterflies, and other appropriate topics.

Keep an eye out for it on your future visits to Green Spring Gardens, and borrow one of the books. You may find this little, free gesture will bring something nice to your life.

Information about the Little Free Library at Green Spring Gardens is available at the park. Author Gioia Caiola Forman is a Master Gardener and a Friend of Green Spring board member.

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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