A house for books: Local residents have another option for reading material

RANTOUL — There’s a new place for book worms to check out some reading options.

Chris and Robin Kaler have put up a Little Free Library along the driveway entrance to their home at 400 W. Champaign Ave.

Chris Kaler calls it “little house for books.” Equipped with a front door and two shelves, it has books for children and adults.

The Kalers’ is the latest of more than 60,000 Little Free Library exchanges worldwide. Little Free Libraries were also started in 2014 and 2015 in the schools in Ludlow and Fisher, respectively.

People who want to start their own Little Free Library can either build their own exchange or buy one and then register it, Robin Kaler said. The location of each library is recorded in an online registry.

The Kalers said the purpose of the library is to promote reading.

Robin Kaler said she wants to get some flyers from Rantoul Public Library and place them in all of the books in their Little Free Library to promote the public library.

“The whole point of them is to try to get people to read and make it really convenient in your neighborhood,” she said.

The Kalers have had several neighbors ask if they can put some books in the free library. Absolutely, was the response.

Robin Kaler said she and many in her family love reading. She remembers entering a reading contest, at the urging of her older sister, and winning a prize (it was a book) for reading more than 100 books in first grade.

“Reading is a way to explore everywhere, the earth and beyond,” she said, adding that she usually has “two or three” books going at a time.

Anyone can get a book from the Little Free Library. After the borrower reads it, he or she can bring it back or give it to someone else to read. People can also donate books.

More information is available at littlefreelibrary.org

dhinton@rantoulpress.com

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