Small Free LibrariesPublic bookshelves where visitors are encouraged to “take a book and share a book” have become a common sight in cities across the country and the world.
Small wooden warehouses often boast bright color schemes and patterns and designs that are as unique as the people who own them. Since the creation of the first small free library in 2009, the concept of “mini free library” has developed and expanded to include Few free food stores And the “Blessed boxes. “
Now, a new trend is emerging: small free libraries dedicated to toy cars. There are at least two, one of which is located in Louisville.
The Little Free Auto Shop, located at the intersection of Hoover Avenue and Lois Drive, allows members of the local community to exchange Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. It is owned and maintained by Louisville residents Bethany Sartell, her husband Drew, and their children Quinn, Rowan and Rhett.
Bethany Sartell said she first encountered the idea through a friend who discovered a similar idea Racing Car Library in San Diego A few years ago, he posted a picture of her on Instagram. She said she knew right away that she wanted to have her own mini toy car library someday.
“I think there are things that you only gravitate toward in life that put a little spark in your heart, and I knew right away that was something I wanted in my front yard,” Sartell said. “Childhood is a magical time, and contributing small things like that to society helps make childhood more magical.”
Finally, it took several months of work for the Sartell family to order parts, customize, paint, and finish building the library, but Little Free Auto Shop has been a success in the neighborhood since it was installed about six weeks ago.
The concept is the same as Little Free Library: Kids, families and the young at heart can stop by to see the available cars, take the ones they like, and leave behind the ones they no longer use for someone else to enjoy.
A neighbor of the Sartell family, Laura Bettance, stops by the toy car library often with the kids she’s looking after her children, and she says she’s always surprised by what she finds.
“There are different cars almost every day,” Bettance said. “I suspect [the Sartells’ son] He washes it and strips it — it’s really nice.”
Bethany Sartell said that while she and her family initially planned to keep a running catalog of cars, their library was so popular that it was impossible to keep track of all the cars being traded. She said keeping the library stocked with toys is an ongoing challenge.
“We received initial donations from middle school students in the neighborhood and then they immediately ran out,” Sartell said. “Hopefully it can keep going and we don’t have to constantly look for cars everywhere.”
However, Sartell said, running out of games quickly is a good challenge – it means they have a lot of visitors.
some advocates He says these types of “mini-libraries” can benefit communities by boosting participation, enhancing participation, and reducing unnecessary costs and waste from purchasing new materials.
For Bethany Sartell, she said she loves seeing the way people’s faces light up when they visit or even pass the library.
“You can see the joy,” Sartell said. “It’s just supposed to evoke something special. We don’t see everyone passing by, but the people we see are very excited about it.”
Sartell also said she is happy to be able to lift the spirits of the people in her Louisville community in any way possible, especially at this time, after two years of living in a pandemic — and nearly half a year after the Marshall Fire that devastated the area.
“Anything we could do to bring a little joy to this community was something we wanted to do,” Sartell said. “We needed some joy here.”
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