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Coastal Community Becomes Steward of Little Free Library
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 6:55 AM

Coastal Community Stewards Little Free Library
Pictured: Brena Fuselier, age 3

Coastal Community Federal Credit Union shared its excitement about becoming a steward for the Little Free Library, Charter Number 30261, on behalf of their neighbors and their community.

The Galveston Daily News donated the newspaper stands, and the Little Free Library (LFL) is owned by everyone. The way it works is simple:

  • Coastal Community initially stocks the LFL with a variety of quality books that will interest the community;
  • Members and the public stop by and take whatever catches their fancy; and
  • Those who took a book return it and, whenever possible, bring books to contribute.

The really nice benefit to the community, especially avid young readers, is that the LFL books are always a gift; they are never for sale.

Coastal Community CEO Carol Gaylord said the theory is that people support what they create, so the key is to create as many opportunities as possible for people of all ages and backgrounds to feel a sense of ownership. Just like Coastal Community FCU was created by the City of Galveston firefighters, and they and every member thereafter own it. The goal is to make people feel like they own the place, Gaylord said, because they do.   

The Coastal Community LFL is located at 2302 Church Street, Galveston Island, and is open 24/7.

Because of communities like ours, Gaylord said, we know that the Little Free Library movement will grow rapidly. Many libraries have been installed and thousands of books shared around the country, as well as around the world. 

Little Free Library’s mission is to:

  • Promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
  • To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations.

“How can something so little make a big difference?" Gaylord asks. "When you open a book, you open a mind, you open a heart; and, hopefully, you open a door.”    

Check out the LFL story at littlefreelibrary.org. Better yet, encourage others to put one up in their area.