The little free library. Photo courtesy Mark Salter

Submitted by Mark Salter


Mark and Sally Salter are excited to be the stewards for a Little Free Library, which is a national movement.

“We initially stock the library with a variety of good quality books that we hope will interest our neighbors,” Mark wrote in his own press release. “We are concentrating on children and young adult fiction, crime fiction, nonfiction and science.”

Friends and neighbors stop by and take whatever catches their fancy. They return and bring books to contribute. Little Free Library books are always a gift — never for sale.

Little Free Library is a movement started by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisc., and Rick Brooks of Madison, Wisc., in 2010, and has grown to include little libraries in most states and dozens of countries.

Little Free Library’s mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

Besides literacy, the Little Library movement, of which there are more than 3,000 locations in the U.S., tries to foster a sense of community and connection as proponents share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

The library is located at 25264 Cougar Road in Fern Valley and is available 24 hours a day.