The North Bend Eagle

 

North Bend Library opening branches

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 3/9/16

The North Bend Public Library is opening branches.

Not exactly. They are putting up “Little Free Libraries” in nearby towns. So far, the Morse Bluff Village Board has approved the placing of a little library near the its post office.

North Bend Little Free Library A little library like this will be posted in Morse Bluff soon, and perhaps other surrounding small towns without their own libraries.

North Bend Library director Amy Reznicek said she got the idea at one of her library directors meetings. They had a speaker talk about the “Little Free Libraries” in Lincoln and she thought, “We can do that here.”

She enlisted her dad, Floyd Durkop of LaVista, to make the libraries. In LaVista there is a lot of construction going on so Reznicek said her dad went “dumpster diving” for the wood. Durkop couldn’t find shingles he needed so he asked a construction crew if they could spare eight shingles and they gave them to him.

“Dad is really a charming man,” Reznicek said. “He could have charmed them out of the wood.”

All the material for the 2-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide, 1-foot-deep library is donated and Durkop, 84, is donating his time.

Tim and Paul Reznicek are donating their labor to install the library on a pole in a cement tire (so it can be moved if necessary). The goal is to have it in place by the last week in March.

Reznicek plans to apply to register the libraries with “Little Free Libraries” so they can get GPS markers and people can find them.

The libraries will be furnished with donated books, adult fiction and non-fiction, juvenile and children’s books. These are not books from the North Bend’s library’s shelves, but duplicated or weeded out books.

“Every two to three months we will change out the books,” Reznicek said. “The theory behind Little Free Libraries is that you don’t check out the book, you put another one back in the book’s place.”

Reznicek is very excited about the possibilities of these little libraries.

“Who knows where we will branch out to next?”

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