Introducing the Alkek Little Free Library!
Located on Thorpe & Warden Lanes in San Marcos, it is a tiny library created to encourage the community to share, exchange, and read books. It is on Texas State property, Bldg. #967 at 1401 Thorpe Lane.
A team of Alkek Library staffers have launched a Texas State community service project to promote literacy to our San Marcos community through the Little Free Library program. The team, which started work in 2015, has included Lisa Ancelet, Gaye Wood, Tricia Boucher, Terry Hernandez, Roberto Gutierrez, Liz Sisemore, Emily Segoria, Megan Ballengee, Gina Watts, and Hithia Davis, the chair. The little wooden library was made by a volunteer from the community, Jason Pfanenstiel.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
As a major employer and organizational citizen of the San Marcos community, Texas State’s University Libraries feels a responsibility to share its Bobcat pride and spread the joy and educational benefits of reading beyond our campus.
The front bill poster proudly displays the Texas State logo and encourages people to enjoy a book and then return it and enjoy another. The idea is to get the community to share and read books in this free community exchange. The box was originally stocked with books donated by library staff.
A second box is planned to be located on property owned by the De La Cruz Family, who have partnered in this effort, on the corner of FM 1978 and Redwood Rd. later this year
Library staff used GIS Technology and expertise to identify locations within the community that are not in close proximity to public libraries, not in flood areas, and where the socio-economic and literacy data indicated a strong need for access to books.
The team is currently working with campus student organizations to maintain the boxes and is making plans to promote and expand the program.