Todd Bol, Creator& Executive Director of littlefreelibrary.org, the global sensation that now has registered 60,000+ lending library boxes, is coming with some of his staff members on Wednesday, March 7 to spend the day in the Litchfield Hills with Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks since the two women are now part of the littlefreelibrary.org. The group will be making approximately 15 stops at various little free libraries they have installed and, while all are special in their own way, such as the shelving unit in the foyer of Charcoal Chef in Woodbury, whose owner began stocking free books for customers the same year that Todd Bol built his first little free library, the most newsworthy stops include the first one at the Woodbury destination of New Morning Market around 11 am.
The tour will make a stop at Morris town hall, 3 East Street in Morris, where a unique Little Free Legos Library was painted by a selectwoman and her son, followed by a lively stop at Bella Luna Gifts, 11 Watertown Road in Morris around 1 pm, and a visit to the old jail, (7-North) on the Litchfield green which is currently being reimagined by Russell Barton, who is pleased to place a lending library box in the Bakehouse space, around 3 pm. From there, the tour will go to filmmaker Harvey Hubbell’s farm on Hutchinson Parkway in Litchfield, where he has two LFLs, one for books and one for seed packages. His film crew, Captured Time, will meet and film the visit there, around 3:30 pm. The last stop of the day will be at Makery Coworking, 20 Bank Street in New Milford, where a repurposed news box is filled with free books.
Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks have many new boxes planned in addition to the 43 currently in place. Beloved children’s author and illustrator Tomie DePaola has accepted two of the boxes that were purchased from littlefreelibrary.org and will be painting them in his inimitable style. Many other local artists including Sean Bowen, Tracy Martin, Kathy Percoski, Gretchen Getsinger, Charlotte Adams, Katie Johnson and Duy
Meister, among others, contributed their talents to beautify the boxes, and artist Patrick Flanagan, Owner of Lakeside Furniture in Morris, is busy building a box from donated cabinet doors and artist Kathy Percoski will be retrofitting a dollhouse to be used as a little free library at a B&B in Bethlehem. Pictured is artist Kathy Percoski delivering the
little free library painted in the image of the old jail in Litchfield, and Rose Buckens.
Wednesday, March 7, 11 am – 4:30 pm
Various locations… see above
Rose Buckens: 203.770.4156
Jo Ann Jaacks: 860.459.9474