The Little Free Library In The Woods

October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM EDT

By Autumn Lewandowski

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October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM EDT

A dirt path leads you into the woods, canopied by the yellow, red and orange leaves of fall.  Only a short distance into a hike at Knox Farm State Park,  you'll be surprised by a cute miniature house with adorable glass framed doors,  it's a little free library in the woods.

Kateri Ewing the creator of the Little Free Library in the Woods says she wanted it to be a 
a magical place for children and adults to just happen upon to just be able to choose a book, bring a book and take a seat and read it or take it home or whatever but a place where people can visit.

Devan came here with his grandmother for the first time several months ago.  His grandmother Barbara DeAngelo made it into an adventure and kept it a secret until they got to the Library.  She says Devan loved it. Devan says it's cool and better than the regular library at school.

The Little Free Library in the Woods at Knox Farm State Park only has one rule.
"There really are no rules to the Library except for to take care of it and treat it with respect" says Ewing

Brian Fentzke, the designer of the library said the idea was that we were promoting the idea of take a book, leave a book emphasis.  This way he says the library doesn't end up with a ton of books it can't hold.

Ewing says that's how it can go without much upkeep."It really is self sustaining and people will take a book, bring a book, whatever works for you.  You can take a book and never bring one back."

Brian Grimm, an Eagle Scout from West Seneca  took the design Fentzke drew up and built the structure for his eagle scout project. 

Although it's self sustaining the little library was in need of some repairs and Ewing was amazed by the effect it had on the community.
"I put a message on facebook and a sweet women named Kelly told me that her boyfriend would come and take a look at and he met me here, he donated the materials, his time, fixed them, made these beautiful handles for them and thats been amazing."

James Hathaway uses the library and simply wanted to pay it forward.
"Lets do it, put the tools to work, got them for a reason.it was a no brainer really."

Brian Fentzke says it's a really cool project to see grow and become exactly what Kateri wanted was part of a community project so people have been contributing, you know it's just fantastic to see.

If you would like to know more about the Little Free library in the Woods, click on the link below and it will take you to its facebook page, click HERE.

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