The Pensacola Sports Association has joined the Little Free Library movement.
The group became one of the estimated 15,000 worldwide locations to contain a Little Free Library; this one is at the PSA office at 101 W. Main St.
The opening at the Pensacola Sports Association will become the area’s seventh registered library.
A Little Free Library is a small, free-standing structure intended to promote reading and literacy through free book exchanges. Their founding principle of “take a book/return a book” tells you everything need to know about how to use the libraries. The concept is simple, if you take a book, return one. Anyone can use the libraries and individuals are encouraged to share their favorite literature with the community.
They began in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisc., built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, filled it with books, and placed it on a pole in his front yard. The idea quickly spread and there are now Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and over 40 countries.
The PSA board of directors donated the first collection of books to be used in the library. Although running out of books is rare, the association will be responsible for restocking the shelves.
“We are very excited to be part of the Little Free Library program and anticipate a lot of activity at our location,” said Ray Palmer, the association’s executive director. “We decided to join the program as a way of serving the community and to give something back. We hope this will help bring our community closer together and improve literacy and education.”
This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise.