By Larry Coonrod
NEWPORT-Two dozen youngsters anxiously clutched books and fidgeted while waiting patiently for the adults to finish their speeches and cut the ceremonial ribbon so they could be among the first to use the Little Free Library at Sam Case Primary School Monday.
Looking something like an overgrown birdhouse, the Little Free Library in front of the school is the first of 11 planned throughout Lincoln County to provide free books.
Community Problem Solving
Monday’s ribbon cutting marked months of work by about 40 central Lincoln County community members taking part in the Ford Family Leadership Program. Participants spend 48 hours learning leadership skills, conflict resolution, and consensus building. “The goal is to try to enable rural communities to problem solve here locally and go back to the model where people are relying on community based solutions to problems,” said cohort 3 member Sharon Kanareff.
At the end, each cohort group chooses a community project to put their skills to work. The central Lincoln County Cohort 3 group looked at many ideas before agreeing on the Little Free Libraries. “It dealt with literacy, which is a huge interest to all of us within the county,” said Sheila Stiley. “And second, it was something everybody could really invest in and be part of, from the youth up to the 70-year-olds.” Continue reading