On the front porch of the Community Building in Prairie View, a new structure was recently added that looks like a combination of a mailbox and birdhouse, but this small addition is neither.

The Prairie View Extension Homemakers Club has joined the global phenomenon with the addition of their very own Little Free Library located at the Community Building on Highway 288 in Prairie View.

The small, front‐yard book exchange began in 2009 with the simple concept: Take a book, return a book, but this creative, community-building practice has blossomed into an international nonprofit with over 60,000 locations in the U.S. and 80 other countries around the globe including, Iceland, Tasmania and now Prairie View, Arkansas.

A red ribbon celebration marking the grand‐opening for the Little Free Library was held on Thursday, June 13 at 2 p.m with the precise concept to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

Members of the Extension Homemakers Club have donated books and will be stewarding the Little Free Library weekly to ensure that there is a variety of books available for all ages.

“Our Little Free Library doesn’t just belong to us, it belongs to the whole community,” says club member Pat Kennedy Sprick, a retired teacher who donated children’s books she had acquired over the years.

Promoting literacy has been an ongoing objective for Extension Homemakers Clubs.

“It’s our hope that this Little Free Library will bring a little more joy, a little more connection and a whole lot more books to our community,” commented Club President Patsy Spellins.

“We welcome people of all ages to visit the Little Free Library on the front porch of the Community Building in Prairie View. Take a book, leave a book. Share the joy of reading with others.”

To learn more about establishing a Little Free Library in your neighborhood or community, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.