As traffic on Stritch’s walking path increases with the
spring thaw, people are beginning to discover the University’s own Little Free
Library, which connects the campus to a worldwide network of locations hosting
free book-exchange sites.
Located near Heritage Park, straight out the Bonaventure
Hall doors near the president’s office, the Little Free Library holds a diverse
collection of donated titles available to any interested readers. On a recent
spring day, titles included: "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan,
"The Rainmaker" by John Grisham, "Star Trek Voyager
Pathways" by Jeri Taylor, and "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur
Erected in December just ahead of the winter freeze,
Stritch’s Little Free Library arrived on campus thanks to the efforts of the
Working Titles Writing Club and funding by the Student Government Association.
Writing Club co-president Elaine Zautke first heard about the Little Free
Library phenomenon while listening to a National Public Radio segment from the
back seat of her parents’ car last summer. She brought the idea to the
attention of fellow club members early in the fall semester, and the service
project took off from there.
“We have to do service projects every semester, and I think
in the past done we’ve done the red thread movement and helped with a blood
drive a couple times,” Zautke said. “Those are nice projects, but it’s great to
do something that really connects with our club’s mission statement.”
With help from Stritch’s maintenance department, the writing
club members painted names of some of their favorite authors (Austen, Poe,
Bronte, and Rowling) on the pre-constructed wooden library, purchased from the
Little Free Libraries website. Then the maintenance staff waterproofed it and
mounted it at a visible juncture in the campus walking path.
“We want it to definitely be something that sticks with the
University for a long time,” Zautke said.