Little River has a new Little Free Library!

Little River has a new Little Free Library at the Stubby Knowles Landing.   Jen Holmgren, her husband Terry and daughter Lizzie hosted the grand opening of the Little River Little Free Library yesterday. This has been a project Jen started this spring in honor and memory of her mother who was an active Librarian her whole life and who shared her love for children and literacy within her community of Fairhaven, MA and with her own children as they grew. Lucky for us that Jen has inherited that same enthusiasm and is sharing it with our local community!

The is a unique personal community exchange of books where you can “Take a book – Return a Book”. You don’t have to return the book you took, you are just asked to bring back a book to replace the one you took.  On their website there is an awesome world map where you can find one of 36000 LittleFreeLibraries worldwide!  The mission of each Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” The Little River Little Free Library should be on the LFL Map pretty soon!

Jen started her journey with permission from the Gloucester Waterways Board and with the encouragement of our Ward 5 Councilor, Sean Nolan. From there she enlisted the help from the Gloucester High School Carpentry students and Dana Griffin, who built the structure. Materials were generously donated by The Building Center in downtown Gloucester. This LFL’s design was taken directly from the Little Free Library website. (If you are interested in building your own, you can find the plans here.)

Jen gives the BIGGEST THANKS to the Awesome Gloucester trustees for their generosity in awarding the Little River LFL with an Awesome Gloucester micro-grant. The grant will be put toward maintaining the landscape at the landing, keeping the LFL stocked with books from the Second Glance Thrift Store (benefiting the Open Door Food Pantry), and to help 6 other Gloucester Little Free Libraries with the registration fee and a special stamp.  Three entities have expressed interest in opening up their own LFL’s in town. If you are interested, please contact Jen at


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