SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – A simple concept called the Little Free Library is taking off across the country, promoting the love of reading and literacy.
One Southport family decided to take action and contribute to the cause, which is close to their hearts.
The Little Free Library is a nationwide program. One is located in Keziah Park, just a page turn away from the Harper Library, and there is another one in Ocean Isle. Over 1,000 Little Free libraries exist worldwide.
"We made this in memory of my mother," said Beth Baldiga, pointing to a small wooden house, a glass door on one side, decorated with shells and drift wood. "She would have been very proud to see this happen."
The house is home to books.
"The way it works is, obviously, you take a book and leave a book," said Baldiga. "It's a sharing library. So what you do is come look at the books, and if you like a book, you take it. You can read it and leave notes in the book, and tell the story of why you liked it."
The Little Free Library is a nationwide program. There are two in the area (the other in Ocean Isle) and over 1,000 worldwide.
"When my mom came to me with the idea, I thought it was a great idea to promote community literacy," said Jenna Baldiga.
They also did it in honor of their late grandmother.
"We were very close to her," said Jenna. "She lived right down the street from us, and we spent a lot of time with her as kids. She definitely influenced us to read a lot, and to do better in school. She really pushed us to do our best and be our best. And it was nice to make a memorial to her."
If you are interested in starting your own Little Free Library you can visit their website for more information. http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/