From left: Dentra Slaughter, Dunbar AP; Max Purke;  Chloe Savage; Cara Pegram, Dunbar AP and Emily Little, Dunbar Teacher


Reading is in the air! Especially at Dunbar Primary, home to a new Little Free Library, where all kinds of books can be accessed by anyone at anytime. Dunbar Primary Principal Dorinda Wade researched the possibility of putting together a Little Free Library and with the help of one of her teacher’s dad, the library was built and became a reality.

“My dad does not do this professionally but he wanted to make sure it was perfect,” said Emily Little second grade Dunbar Primary teacher.

Not even using a blueprint, Michael Jones put together the library with two shelves and an adorable door knob. The next step was getting it registered by The Little Free Library, the world’s largest book-sharing movement. Once the library was registered, it is now visible on an online map for anyone to search looking for a good book. The concept is easy, take a book. If you see something you’d like to read, take it. You don’t have to give a book at the same time as you take one. Share a book. After you’ve read it, share it in any Little Free Library book-sharing box, bring it back the Dunbar free library, or pass it on to a friend.

“Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon and we’re excited to join the movement,” said Denetra Slaughter, AP at Dunbar Primary, at the grand opening for the library.

With Mrs. Little’s Class looking on and their teacher holding the big scissors for the ribbon cutting, Mrs. Slaughter explained that the library doesn’t just belong to us, it belongs to the whole city.

“It is our hope that this Little Free Library will bring people together and create communities of readers,” she said.

After the ribbon cutting, the students were able to select a book to take with them. The message of having the Little Free Library was  to be a friend of all libraries, big and small. Share books whenever you can.

The Little Free Library is easy to spot. It is located at Dunbar Primary at the sidewalk right in front of the large parking lot.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity through neighborhood book-sharing boxes.