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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Donaldsonville welcomes new Little Free Library

  • The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce, City Council and Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Sr. cut ribbon celebrating the opening of a new library, the Little Free Library, on Friday at the corner of Williams St. and Railroad Ave.

    The Little Free Library is an international movement to bring free books to communities, according to the library’s appointed steward Mary Gehman.
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  • The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce, City Council and Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Sr. cut ribbon celebrating the opening of a new library, the Little Free Library, on Friday at the corner of Williams St. and Railroad Ave. The Little Free Library is an international movement to bring free books to communities, according to the library’s appointed steward Mary Gehman. Gehman, a Donaldsonville resident and author, said the concept of the library is simple, “to promote literacy and the love of reading and to build a sense of community.” Each Little Free Library is a self-standing box that holds about 20 books. Gehman said everyone is welcome to take a book, return the book or replace it with another. Mayor Sullivan it’s a great gesture to have this where people can come and get a book to read or persons who have a lot of books that they can instead of throwing them away they can bring them to this library and people can use it. “Hopefully it will encourage more people in the community to read,” Sullivan said. “Our goal is to encourage people to come get a book and read it. We have the library here in town but it’s only open so many hours. This little library here is open any day at any time and hopefully people will use it. I’m excited to have it.” Paul Marchand, who owns the land the library stands on, and Lester Lerch who daily picks up litter in the city installed Donaldsonville’s Little Free Library. Susan Weinstein donated Donaldsonville’s Little Free Library; the daughter of Anne Godchaux Polack and Leon Godchaux, Jr. Weinstein’s father was related to the Lemann family of Donaldsonville. After her mother’s death, Weinstein donated as a living memorial three Little Free Libraries: two in New Orleans and one in Donaldsonville, “a town her mother visited often and loved.” Gehman added, “Please put this new addition to our historic district in Donaldsonville to good use.”
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