In my family, instead of fighting winter we try to embrace it. We get out there and make the most of the season. This year, all winter long I’ll share ideas for short winter field trips to make the snow and cold a little more fun. My hope is we’ll convert a few of you as you read about our winter outings.
Discover Free Little Libraries
What is a Little Free Library?
It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!
I imagine you’ve seen these Free Little Libraries popping up all over town over the past few years, but have you ever stopped to look at one? Each of the libraries as are unique as their owners. They are perfect for conversation with kids about community, neighborhoods, art, expression, books and reading, maps and being part of something larger than you.
Before you visit one (or several) look at the map of Free Little Libraries on the Free Little Library website. See which ones are in your neighborhood and take a walk. Or see what’s in a new (to you) neighborhood and discover a different part of your community. Click through to the appendix to see if the owners have written about their library or included a photograph. Bring a few books along to leave in the libraries and take one or two home with you.
I visited these two libraries this morning on my slow drive to the grocery store through freshly fallen snow. I left a book in each of them and even found a keeper for myself; a neat old book Lake Superior. It’s perfect for dreaming up new field trips!
Join us in embracing winter this season!
Embrace winter this year…or at least follow along with us this winter from the comfort of your computer screen. Need ideas to get started? Click through for Six Great Winter Outings in Northeast Wisconsin.