Saturday, September 24, 2016

Heights Happenings: A special grand opening for a new LFL Sept 25, 2016

Let me start by saying, if you've never been to the White Oak Friends Quaker meeting house on 26th Street in Shady Acres, you might want to go just to see the building itself. It's a truly gorgeous space, conceptualized by American artist and Quaker James Turrell, who is probably most well known in Houston for the "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice University. The meeting house is a real jewel in our community!

Inside of the White Oak Friends Meeting House

This weekend, the Friends invite neighbors in the Heights and the greater Houston communities to join them for the dedication of the Children’s Annex to their Little Free Library. The Children's Annex was built by Patrick Brooks and painted by Heights artist Pen Morrison.

Sunday, September 25
1318 West 26th St

Refreshments will be provided.

Brooks writes, "For three years, the original Little Free Library under a shade tree along the front fence has been a neighborhood treasure—people find a book they would like to read to take with them, leave a book they have finished for someone else to enjoy.  They leave notes in the log book about how much they enjoy it, and sometimes  they ask for something like more kids’ books. Friends listened, and responded with building a Little Little Free Library in part from wood recycled from the original floor of the Meetinghouse. It is positioned near the original, but slightly lower down for easier access for kids."

The Little Free Library movement began in Wisconsin in 2009  and quickly grew into a movement to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges and is now worldwide with nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges. There are over a dozen Little Free Libraries in the greater Heights area, which can all be found on the LFL's map here.

The one in front of Live Oak Friends Meeting was the one of the first in The Heights and the fourth in Houston, now there are a many others, but not many which focus just on children’s books.

More about the Little Free Library movement: