Mayor helps dedicate Little Free Library locations in Fayetteville

“Plot Twist” is one of three Little Free Library kiosks to be dedicated this month in Fayetteville.

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Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan this month will help dedicate a series of Little Free Library locations across the city.

The events, which are designed to celebrate the installation and community usage of the recently installed book kiosks, are part of a community project by the Ozark Literacy Council in partnership with the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design and the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

During each ceremony, Jordan will be joined by project officials, as well as site sponsors and the designers of each kiosk.

For those unfamiliar, the micro libraries are part of a growing global literary movement that began several years ago in Wisconsin when Todd Bol built a wooden book container designed to look like a miniature school house in front of his home as a tribute to his mother, who was a school teacher and a book lover. The idea quickly spread and is responsible for thousands of Little Free Libraries across the country.

Would-be library owners can build their own book kiosks, usually the size of a large bird house or dollhouse, or purchase one from the Little Free Library website. Owners who register their libraries are assigned a number at the organization’s website and are added to a growing map of libraries across the world.

The first kiosk, called “Pequeña Bibliotequa,” was dedicated on May 2 outside of Archetype creative agency at 831 S. School Street. “Pequeña Bibliotequa” was designed and built by Matthew Turner and Esteban Ayala in association with Harrison French & Associates, and is sponsored by Dick and Margaret Rutherford.

Other ceremonies planned include:

Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
“Plot Twist,” located outside the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center at 945 S. College Avenue. “Plot Twist” was designed and built by Steven Baker and Shay Hawkins in association with Harrison French & Associates, and is sponsored by Ted and Leslie Belden.

Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m.
“Books Rock,” located outside the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks at 4703 N. Crossover Road. “Books Rock” was designed and built by Stuart Fulbright, and is sponsored by Northside Rotary Club and Downtown Fayetteville Rotary Club.