Belle Grove Debuts Little Free Library
Belle Grove has new Little Free Library. It joins the 36,000 free book exchanges worldwide that promote literacy and build a sense of community. Belle Grove’s Little Free Library was donated by Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area and built by volunteers of United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley at their annual Day of Caring. A Belle Grove volunteer painted it to replicate the stone walls and grey roof of the Belle Grove Manor House. Located in the parking lot, it will be freely available as a place where members of the public may take a book or donate books.
Belle Grove's library is designed to resist the weather and contains a leaflet that explains the concept of the Little Free Library and the work of our community literacy partners. The mission of Little Free Libraries is "to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations" and their goal is to "to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie—and keep going." Belle Grocve's library is one of several in the Winchester and Strasburg areas. There is a map of Little Free Libraries around the globe at www.littlefreelibrary.org.