A lending library to help create community

securedownloadI’ve become more and more convinced that building a community is essential to enriching our lives. It isn’t enough to live isolated from my neighbors… to truly enrich my life I need deep relationships with a people and, ideally, with women and men, young and old, with varied interests and backgrounds. It isn’t easy when I spend most of my waking hours a 40-minute drive away at work to become close to my neighbors, all of whom are on acre lots in a neighborhood full of individuals who moved in at different times, in different stages of life. My first home was brand new, in a new community, and it created an instant community — aided in part by the developer. We had neighborhood celebrations at Easter and 4th of July. Most of us had young kids, and could bond over shared sports and schools and time outside with our children. Here most of the children have grown up and gone away, few people come out in their front yards and tall trees and bushes or fences obscure the backyards from view. So one way we’re working on creating a sense of community is by installing a Little Free Library, to share books with anyone who comes by and sees something of interest. It’s a start!

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