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Millet Couple share their COVID project, Little Free Library, with the community

They took inspiration from others doing similar book shares around Millet and Wetaskiwin.

A Millet Couple is sharing their COVID project that they lovingly call the ‘Little Free Library’ with community members.

Jocelyne Pepin Young and her husband said that COVID-19 has had them working on projects this winter given the lack of other options because of restrictions. Young said that one day while her husband was making birdhouses, she suggested another wood working project that they could share with their community members.

Young said that she had seen the ‘Little Free Libraries’ in a lot of communities including those more local, and wanted to add one in front of her house at 192 Porter in Moonen Heights Millet, Alta.

The Little Free Library is a wooden shelved mailbox of sorts that sits on the Young’s driveway and is filled with books for community members to take and read. The premise is simple, take a book and replace it with one of your own if you can.

When you open the door of the Little Free Library it is engraved, “You do not need to [s]hare a book in order [t]o take one. [I]f you take a book or two [t]ry to bring some [t]o share.”

Young said that they decided to do the project, “seeing as it is COVID and boring.” She also adds that, “people go for lots of walks, people of all ages are going around the block,” so she believes that those walking-by might stop by and enjoy the free and simple book trade.

Young said that she has tried to leave a variety of books in the free library.

“We have an array of books,” she said, adding that there is everything from James Patterson to John Grisham and has even tried to include a few children books. “I hope whoever uses it enjoys it.”

She says that she has already received a ton of positive feedback about the Little Free Library, “I was surprised by how much feedback I got on it.”

She encourages community members to enjoy and use the free library whenever they want. “Use at your leisure instead of 9 to 5,” Young said.



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