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Couple donating Little Free Library to be placed at Tudhope Park

Starting a library in one of the two major parks would 'allow readers from all over to exchange books and promote reading,' says staff report
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Little Free Library. Brianna Bell for Village Media

A Little Free Library will be coming to Tudhope Park thanks to a local couple.

Lindsay and Cory Harrison approached the city in May with an offer to donate the Little Free Library in honour of individuals who have not been publicly identified.

Council members discussed the matter in closed session this week to protect the identities of those individuals.

Little Free Libraries are 16 inches wide by 21 inches tall by 14 inches deep, or 12.75 inches wide by 16 inches tall by 15 inches deep, and are made from wood or composite wood material, staff noted in a report.

“The idea of the library is to create a book exchange with anyone willing to exchange literature,” the report stated. “Starting a library in one of the two major parks would allow readers from all over to exchange books and promote reading.”

While the structure itself is being donated by the Harrisons, the city will kick in $250 for the installation and dedication of a plaque.

While it is not known to whom the library is being dedicated, Mayor Steve Clarke referred to a “tragic situation” and said “turning it into something positive and keeping memories alive is a wonderful testament.”

Coun. Mason Ainsworth said, “That must have been devastating, but for them to take that and turn it into something beautiful for others is wonderful.”

He said the library would “inspire a lot of people and a lot of children to read.”

Staff have been directed to work with the Harrisons to determine details of the exact location and installation of the Little Free Library.

The city will inform the media when more details are available.

Nathan Taylor

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