Excerpts from this post are from a Tigard Times article by Geoff Pursinger, posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014. The photo was included in the article and is credited to Jonathan House.

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A recent Tigard Times article features Luke Lane resident Barb Zahler spreading her love of libraries throughout the 00003491414976Roshak neighborhood and eventually to the new River Terrace neighborhood. She started a little library on the street outside her home as a part of the Little Free Library Program. Her library is small, less than three feet long and completely free. The idea is to take a book and leave a book – although Barb tells the kids that come by to take as many books as they want.

The Little Free Library idea started in Wisconsin in 2009 and has since spread across the world – more than 15,000 and counting. The mission is to promote literacy and love of reading and to build a sense of community.

Barb’s Little Library quickly became a big hit in the neighborhood. As Barb stated for the article:

“Books are a great way for people to talk openly about all kinds of things. Everyone has books they are willing to donate. Someone left me a bag of books the other day. I can’t fit them all in the library, it’s too small. And someone called me the other day and said they have a carload of books for me. This will be a through street, eventually. I thought this would be a great way to meet new people and meet our neighbors. It’s worthwhile.”