West University has a new Little Free Library memorializing the city’s history.
The tiny structure is located at Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park, 6446 Sewanee Ave., and is a replica of the home Hughes built there in 1930. Her son, Jim Hughes, donated the property to the city, along with enough money to develop it into a passive neighborhood park in her honor, upon his death in 2016.
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 146153 partnered on the project with builder David Crow of Stonehenge Classic Homes, and unveiled the city’s third Little Free Library on Tuesday (Feb. 9). The troop installed a plaque on the structure with the words, “It’s your story — tell it!”
The Brownies will serve as stewards of the library, monitoring the inventory — which is ever-changing — and the condition of the structure.
The other libraries are at Colonial Park, 4130 Byron St., designed to look like West University Elementary School, and a replica of the Scout House in front of the building itself, at 6108 Edloe St.
The local version of the international initiative, which is planned to include six libraries in the city eventually, was created by West U resident and author Chris Cander. The purpose is to encourage literacy and sharing among both adults and youngsters, with the theme, “take a book, leave a book.”
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