Jul 27, 2021
Sue Berres
Little Free Libraries

Professionally, I am a pediatric occupational therapist and have been working at UVA across all levels of pediatric care since 1991. On a personal level, I dabble in the arts. I play fiddle with the performing arm of the Blue Ridge Irish Music School. I run Bus Lines, a community-wide poetry contest that places work from local poets of all ages on the CAT buses. I have been involved in the contra dance community for years. I also like books a lot and I like to find ways to share them with others, especially with people who may not have good access to them. At work I’m in charge of keeping our therapy department SOHO book cart stocked and making sure that every patient leaves every appointment with a new book. Little Free Libraries continues that work into the community.  I am the steward for my own Little Free Library at home and for another at City of Promise, a local group that seeks to improve the lives of those in the Westhaven, Tenth and Page and Starr Hill neighborhoods. 

 

My talk:

Little Free Libraries began in 2009 and have become the world’s largest book-sharing movement. They build community, inspire readers and expand book access for all. We’ll talk about their history, how it all works and the joys and challenges of being a Library Steward. In addition, we’ll talk about several initiatives designed to bring more diverse books to LFL’s around the world, to provide more books to communities where books are scarce, and to combine reading and community service through Action Book Clubs. Finally, we will look at the map of our Charlottesville Little Free Libraries to get a sense of where these resources are located in our community.