Earlier this year, friend and Brother Roger E Gregory passed on. He was one of those
people you meet whom you look forward to speaking with during every encounter.
It wasn't just that he was friendly and usually very positive—– every time you
met him he was ready to tell you a story.
Some stories were humorous, some about his wife
and his family, some about his time in the Navy. It was a wide variety of tales
that spanned a life that was full of wonderful experiences. Every story brought you into his history, way of thinking, and
worldview. That made each story precious.
As I considered the passing of this memorable person, I decided I
wanted to honor the man I'd gotten to know. Something that would not only last but
contributed to the community rather than just a simple memorial. At about the
same time, I'd become aware of the neighborhood free library exchange boxes. My
mind quickly connected the two things. I'ld create a small lending library that
would stand as an ongoing way of sharing stories with
anyone who opened its door and selected a book - just like Roger.
A few weeks ago,
the Little Free Library (LFL) organization granted Charter #144174 to the WB Roger E. Gregory
Little Free Library. This past weekend, it was filled with books and officially
became available to the public.
If you are not familiar with the free library concept: In its simplest terms, the library is a small collection of books, available to everyone 24X7X365. People are encouraged to find a book they like, then take it with them to read. After they've completed the book, they may return it in a timeframe of their choosing. Patrons of the library are also invited to keep the book permanently, if they choose, with the hope they might donate a book to replace it. There is a wide variety of literary genres and the collection includes children's books as well.
For the details
about my first LFL encounter, click here. For more detailed information about
how to start your own LFL, click here.
There is a very
helpful mobile app to help let you locate nearby LFL's:
Or you can use the
map on the LFL website by clicking here
Last Friday, after
I finished filling the shelves of the LFL with a fresh selection of books for
the first time, I reflected on how this library of two dozen tomes came to be and what it was
supposed to represent. I think Roger would be pleased; of course, he wouldn't
say it directly he'd do so by telling you a story.
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