Wellness in Tough Times

to their community that would not only be visible and easily accessible to the public but in an area that can be monitored to reduce chances of vandalism. One community chose to place the books in their public library. Ease of installation was taken into consideration so all libraries purchased were made of cedar planks, which are naturally resistant to insects and rot. The libraries were assembled and only had to be mounted on a post, purchased by each community. In addition, a plate was put on the library to recognize the sponsors and explain the purchase of this program. It is the WTT team’s goal that these libraries are well-used by families and that any other books will be added to the Little Free Libraries. These books are targeted towards young children and early elementary youth. Books that help older children and teens would be a pleasant addition as would adult- level books.

“Books to share, Free Little Library, Madison" by ali eminov is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Lessons Learned  Instead of purchasing an assembled Little Free Library from an online vendor, community advocates suggested connecting with the high school or an adult education class to make more of the libraries available in the community. Supplies could be purchased locally.

 Plaques were added to the libraries acknowledging funders. Example: “Thank you to Midwest Early Recovery Fund and Peter Kiewit Foundation for the Little Library and Reading for Resiliency books to inspire connection and conversation for excellent mental health.”

Read for Resilience-Nebraska Extension Little Free Libraries

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WTT Little Library Proposal

“Start the Conversation” Bingo By Julien Hoffman

To reach communities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WTT team created the “Start the Conversation” bingo activity. This interactive form of outreach encouraged recipients to make

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