Teamwork Brings ‘Little Free Library’ to Wentzville Neighborhood

A cooperative effort between Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County and the Rotary Club of St. Charles will be bringing several Little Free Libraries to Wentzville neighborhoods.

The first of these miniature neighborhood libraries, in Ashland Meadows, was dedicated today.

Little Free Library Builders Rick Fowler and Basil Zarkadis
Little Free Library builders Rick Fowler and Basil Zarkadis inspect their work.

 

Little Free Library Readers Wentzville's First Little Free Library

The effort was the brainchild of Rotarian Diane Garrison, who spoke about the spread of the Little Free Library concept across the country.

“These little libraries may look like little boxes, or bird houses . . . or they may be very, very elaborate,” Garrison said. “But you don’t need a library card, you don’t have to sign anything out, and there’s never a late fee.”

The libraries operate on the honor system:”take a book, leave a book.” The initial offerings at the Ashland Meadow library were donations from Rotary Club members.

Materials for the library were donated by Lowe’s-St. Charles. Rotarians Basil Zarkadis and Rick Fowler built the library, which is about the size of a dollhouse, complete with a shingled roof.

The eight homes in Ashland Meadows were Wentzville’s first Habitat for Humanity neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in Georgia and has helped more than 100,000 families to buy decent, safe, and affordable homes–homes that are built or renovated with donated funds and volunteer labor.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County has more partner homes in Wentzville than in any other city in the county. “We love Wentzville!” said Executive Director Nancy Cope.

The Rotary Club will be working with homeowners’ associations to place Little Free Libraries in four more neighborhoods in Wentzville.