Friends author unique library

October 9, 2013

Earl Haberkamp of Granbury has built many things over the years, including the pulpit at First Presbyterian Church in Granbury, but he has never built a library, until now.

And he’s building it in his 900-square-foot workshop in Laguna Vista.

The retired teacher is building a doll house size version of a library as part of a project called Little Free Library to be placed at the recently remodeled community center at Rancho Brazos in early winter.

The library will be the first one placed in Hood County as part of an effort to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

The little libraries are really little, about 2 or 3 feet wide and about a foot deep. They’re usually mounted on a post near a road or a sidewalk in someone’s yard or other location.

Each library will have a sponsor who is responsible for its creation, whether homemade or purchased, and making sure it is stocked with books. The idea is that people will not only take a book to read, but give a book for others to read.

The local project was inspired when Pat Bergeman of the Hood County Development District #1 saw a Metroplex newspaper story about a neighborhood that had a Little Free Library.

“I took it (the idea) to the HCDD#1 board, they looked at it, and we decided it was a neat project,” said Bergeman.

“It’s a community service type project, and we can help support it financially by paying the $25 registration fee (for each box) to Little Free Library, but we needed a group to be the go-to organization for registration, etc.”

They approached the Friends of the Library to coordinate the project. The group accepted.

“The Hood County Library and Friends of the Library are the hands-down experts in books, and without the endorsement, expertise and participation from them, it would not be viable.”

Linda Somervill with Friends of the Library said it will sponsor the Rancho Brazos library and are already looking for more organizations to adopt and sponsor additional Little Free Libraries.

“We’re looking for various groups who work on service projects, artists who want to help paint and decorate, and people that want to be part of the project,” said Somervill. “That would be the ideal.”

For more information on the Little Free Library project or to become a sponsor, call Linda Somervill at 817-573-7000.

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