Free Library Project in Montford/Klondyke

Tiny library located in the Klondyke Homes public housing project.
Tiny library located in the Klondyke Homes public housing project.

Tiny libraries are popping up in neighborhoods across the country, little local kiosks where neighbors can take a book and leave a book.

Montford resident Michele Delange, a student in UNC Charlotte’s masters program in Urban Education, decided to take that idea one step further to create “a community exchange of the creative work of diverse artists.” The result was a tiny diverse library in her front yard that invites the community to “Take One, Leave One, Bring One Back.”

In her Diverse Learners course, Michele was required to map community resources and create a community service project. She noted the schools, medical facilities, grocers, community centers, parks, restaurants, tiny libraries, and other public amenities in Montford. She also noticed there was no tiny library in the Klondyke Homes public housing project at the north end of the neighborhood.

Her focus on offering children and adults the opportunity to experience different cultures and backgrounds through diverse writers and characters, Michele decided to place a second Little Free Diversity Library at Klondyke. Both libraries have achieved steady participation by local residents.

The goal of the Little Free Diversity Library project going forward is to place similar libraries in all of Asheville’s public housing communities. Anyone interested in being involved in this project is encouraged to contact Michele at avllittlefreediversitylibrary@gmail.com.

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