If you build it and stock it with books, they will come. And read.
Thatâ€™s the idea behind a new community feature at the Cowichan Sportsplex.
The Little Free Library, which looks something like a large hand-crafted bird house, is located right near the administration office and offers participants the chance to â€œtake a book, return a bookâ€.
The outdoor facility has been supplied by the Duncan Daybreak Rotary Club.
â€œWe are proud of our partnership with the Sportsplex and when we were seeking a location for the Little Library, they immediately came to mind,â€ said Rotarian Keith Grey when completing the project Aug. 27.
He saw the project in a club magazine and thought it offered a perfect fit for both the facility and its users.
â€œWith this set-up, there wonâ€™t be library cards or late fines, no insistence that patrons whisper or stay quiet, and there certainly wonâ€™t be any issues with unreturned books,â€ said Sportsplex Executive Director Catherine Brandon. â€œThis offers a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and exercise not only their bodies but their minds at the Cowichan Sportsplex.â€
The whole concept of the little box is take a book to read and leave an equivalent one in its place.
Rotarian Holger Heitland was also at the Sportsplex for the grand opening and urged people to choose books carefully.
â€œWe donâ€™t need the Guinness Book of Records from 1993,â€ he said. â€œBring books people might want to read.â€
Brandon said she envisions a number of different little libraries on site, maybe sorted by subject.