You don’t need a library card to borrow books from Lebanon’s newest library.
A mailbox, decorated as a school bus, now sits outside the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest is a Free Little Library filled with books.
Free Little Libraries are small boxes where people may take a book, and leave a book, according the Free Little Library website.
Katherine Fisher, professor of medicine at COMP-Northwest started the program at the school.
“I have been familiar with Free Little Library for a year or two, but hadn’t done anything about it,” Fisher said. “I thought this would be a way to provide more books to these young readers. I hope families walking or driving by will stop and borrow a book or two, and if they have a book or two at home that they want to add to the library that they will.”
COMP-Northwest free library is a mailbox decorated as a school bus.
COMP-Northwest faculty and staff have offered to donate books as well, Fisher added.
“We hope to add another little library this summer with books for older readers and adults,” Fisher said.
There is at least one more Free Little Library in Lebanon at the Lutheran Church.
Fisher isn’t worried about people taking books and not replacing them, she said.
“As the folks who started the Little Free Library like to say, ‘you cannot steal what is already a gift,’ so if the books disappear without a replacement, we will just be happy that there are that many more books floating around the community for young readers, and hope they get shared somehow,” Fisher said. “For now we will trust humankind that there are more givers than takers.”
Discover where the libraries are located at LittleFreeLibrary.org
COMP-Northwest new library will be added to that soon, Fisher said.
Contact reporter Matt DeBow at 541-259-3126 or via email at Matt.DeBow@lee.net.