I want to encourage the kids that are being bullied that they are not alone, it’s not their fault and there’s ways of going about it, there’s ways of expressing yourself,” says Lindsey.
Rosean Lindsey, Christian author and comic book writer, has created the Anti-bullying Little Free Library in Norfolk’s Park Place Peace Garden. It sits at the corner of 35th Street and Newport Avenue, just steps away from James Monroe Elementary School.
“On the top shelf of the little library are books to help parents tackle the tough subject of bullying and on the bottom shelf are books for kids. The little library is encouraging kids to be their best, be bold and be positive while offering resources to parents.” writes Koto Lasaki from 3WTKR
Titles include some of Lindsey’s books and antibullying books by other local artists.
This is Lindsey’s second Little Free Library in the area.
Little Free Library started a pilot program in 2018 “to increase book access on tribal lands with generous support from Amerigroup/Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also partnered with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums (ATALM), hosting a Little Free Library build at the 2018 ATALM conference. ” It is called the Native Library Initiative.
The Smithsonian was gifted with a “birchbark Little Free Library book-sharing box at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C., donated by the Little Free Library (LFL) nonprofit organization. The “take a book, share a book” library seeks to honor Native American culture and increase access to culturally relevant books.”
The box was “created by Pat Kruse, an Ojibwe birchbark and quillwork artist. Kruse is a member at Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and a descendent of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Onamia, Minnesota.”
One of the latest Little Free Libraries is actually made from a tree stump in Idaho. When the cottonwood tree started losing branches and the core was found to be rotten, the approximately 110 year old tree had to be taken down. The owners always wanted a Little Free Library and found an innovative way to create one.
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