By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The honor system is the key to a new project taken on by the Oklahoma WONDERtorium.
The “Little Free Library” is a box, sitting on a blue pedestal outside the children’s museum, that is filled with children’s books for the public to take and read. However, a sign asks participants to leave a book in its place.
“It’s very positive,” said Public Relations and Marketing representative Lynda Halley. “We have had people come into the musuem and they’ve been in ‘The Little Library’. We had one cute little family that sat our there on the sidewalk and picked through books.”
According to a press release, the project is part of Little Free Libraries by Todd Bol, a Stillwater, Minn. native. The idea was brought to the museum’s attention by Smart Start North Central Oklahoma.
“They purchased the library and also gave us books to stock it,” said Programs Coordinator Debbie Williams. “The whole concept fits our mission of ‘inspiring curiosity to play to learn for a lifetime’ because both children and grown-ups can select books to read and share books they’ve already read with others. We’ve had many WONDERtorium visitors tell us they’ll be donating books to the library.”
Executive Director Ruth Cavins estimated that more than 300 books have been shared since it was installed in August.