Rotary Club Little Free Library
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, members of the Marlin Community were extended grateful appreciation for contributions to the Marlin Rotary Club Little Free Library.
Rotary Club in Marlin Board of Directors thanked Justin Hay for his having assembled the Rotary Bench and his untiring effort and constant support regarding The Rotary Little Free Library Project, a gift to the Marlin Community; Milton Moore for His Superb Carpentry and Assembling the Little Free Library; John Mark Killiam for his donation of his time and talents in painting the Rotary Little Free Library, a gift to the Marlin Community.
And then there was the provision of books! The Rotary Club in Marlin Board of Directors extended its grateful appreciation to Richard Chris Harris and the Marlin Public Library for the Magnanimous Donation of Books - all genres -to the Rotary Little Free Library and The Marlin Community; Texas Poet and Orator James “Ol’ Jim” Cathey for His Kindly Donation of 100+ Western Storybooks to the Rotary Little Free Library and the Marlin Community; Helen and Thomas Sehon for Their Kindly Donation of Books and DVDs to the Rotary Little Free Library and the Marlin Community; Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Beta Nu Chapter for The Kindly Donation of Books to the Rotary Little Free Library and The Marlin Community.
The Rotary Club Little Free Library is located beside the sidewalk to the south entrance of the Falls County Courthouse. A Rotary bench is located inside and downstairs of the courthouse for reading comfort. Visit at any time! Readers of all ages are welcome. Just like a regular library, one can borrow books and return them when one is finished, so they can be enjoyed by others.
Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number more than 100,000 around the world in over 100 countries — from Italy to Brazil to Japan. Marlin’s Rotary Club Little Free Library has joined the movement to share books, bring people together, and create a community of readers.
One of the causes that Rotary International supports is local education. “Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.”
There is lots of research that demonstrates the positive health aspects of reading. Reading at home boosts school performance later on. It also increases vocabulary, raises self-esteem, builds good communication skills, and strengthens the prediction engine that is the human brain. Researchers have found that students who read books regularly, beginning at a young age, gradually develop large vocabularies. Vocabulary size can influence many areas of life, from scores on standardized tests to college admissions and job opportunities.
Rotary Club in Marlin hopes that this Little Free Library will bring a little more joy, a little more connection, and a whole lot more book reading within our community.