Sherwood now has its third entry into those increasingly popular Little Free Library familiar to many residents in the Portland-metro area. The newest location for the latest nonprofit international library boxes -- whose mission is to inspire a love of reading, building community and sparking creativity – is located at the end of Redfern Drive at the top of the nature path.
It was installed in March by Rebecca King and her two daughters, Kaia and Isla.
"Many years ago I heard about these neighborhood libraries and knew I wanted to start one when the right time presented itself," said Rebecca King. "So far, the neighbors have been excited. We've gotten donations."
Other boxes have been installed next to the city's community gardens and in Veterans Park.
King said they sent away for their Little Free Library boxes (which look a lot like oversized bird houses but all containing their own distinct design and architectural features), purchased in kit form that her family together and stained. Many of the boxes – which can hold anywhere from 50 to 100 books -- are made by Amish carpenters, she said.
King said her two girls than added their own personal touches to the project, painting the rocks in the whiskey barrel where the book box is mounted. Both also insisted on placing a book-reading gnome and a flower that looks like it belongs in a Dr. Seuss book in the barrel as well.
The rules regarding checking out the books are pretty relaxed.
"You can bring (the books) back, you can keep them…share then with somebody else," said King.
To get the library going, Isla, a first-grader at Archer Glen Elementary School, said she selected her three favorite books: "Eloise in Moscow," "Hey Diddle Diddle and other Mother Goose Rhymes" and "Polar Bears Past Bedtime" to get the box started
For Kaia, a fifth-grader at Archer Glen, it was non-fiction or bust, selecting books from the "Who Was?" set of children's biographies with titles focusing on Sacajawea, Jane Goodall, Sally Ride and Rosa Parks.
"I love reading non-fiction," said Kaia. "It's my favorite thing to read."
"It was just one of those things we wanted to do something fun for the neighborhood," said her mother.