STURGIS | The Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis club is in the midst of building three Little Free Libraries, small wooden cases to be prominently displayed in public areas, containing books for all ages, free for taking.
The intention of the project is to inspire and supporting a love of reading, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.
According to a release from the Golden K Kiwanis, through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages under the slogan, The Books are Always a Gift - Never for Sale!
The libraries are under construction and on schedule for a May 21 ribbon cutting and grand opening.
Construction of the boxes began April 7, when a group of Kiwanis carpenters gathered to begin measuring, cutting and assembling the libraries. Joining Duane Boy in his workshop were Bill Atyeo, Darrell Pulscher, Carl Erickson, Dave Halverson, and Paula Meeker.
To stock the Little Free Library shelves, Meeker said the club is planning a used book drive in conjunction with the annual Sturgis city-wide garage sale this weekend.
"What a perfect time to help you clean out books and help us acquire gently used books for the Libraries," she said in an email.
Book donations will be accepted on Friday, April 27 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Kiwanis table set up in the parking area of the Sturgis Senior Center on Lazelle Street.
Gently used books for children, teens, or adults will be accepted, and for those who don’t have any books to donate, a cash donation for buying books is always appreciated, Meeker said.
Books may also be dropped off at the Food Pantry or Sturgis Black Hills Federal Credit Union, during business hours.
Other individuals or organizations planning a book drive for the Little Librairies are invited to contact Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis by email at SturgisGoldenKiwanis@gmail.com.
"We’ll help publicize the event with a post on our Facebook page, and at the conclusion of the drive, we’ll arrange for the books to be dropped off at our book storage location," Meeker said.
The May 21 ribbon cutting and grand opening will take place at the library located by the baseball field/elementary school parking lot from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with ribbon cutting scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
The other two libraries will be located in the Sturgis City Park between the play area and bike path, and by the Kiwanis Food Pantry.