Leavenworth Resident Builds Little Free Library for Fire Victims

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Larsen’s daughter Annie (at left with Beth Stipe) is Director of the Chumstick Wildfire Coalition and a fire prevention advocate. Annie has been working with several groups in the community to help families understand the steps to take after experiencing a fire – and those to take in the future to prevent and prepare for them.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Victims Receive Community Support

Mr. Elmer Larsen built the library to let the Broadview community know that their friends in Leavenworth care about them. He carved and painted the book-shaped structure that has two shelves to hold dozens of books.

Little Free Libraries are popping up across the nation, with a “take a book, give a book” sharing model, encouraging communities to include more reading into their lives.

The Little Free Library will be placed on a post and reside at the community pool where the neighborhood families come to swim and play during the summer.

The Community Foundation of NCW is using some of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Funds to add a resource tent, umbrellas, and other items to make the area a safe and welcoming place for displaced families. The Little Free Library is a welcomed addition.

“We want the families in Broadview to be able to come back to their neighborhood and stay connected in the community while they recover and rebuild” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s Executive Director. “This place is still their home, and we felt it was important to do something that helped them maintain that sense of home.”

Friends of the Library, the nonprofit support group for the Wenatchee Public Library, will be donating books to fill the Little Free Library.

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