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A new initiative that we are hoping to bring to the Humanics Sanctuary and Sculpture Park in Cumberland Ontario this summer is the installation of a Little Free Library.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Library book-exchange boxes. To learn more about Little Free Libraries, or to find a Little Free Library near you, visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/.

Private funds from one of our Board members have already been donated to purchase the registered Little Free Library charter sign, a guestbook, some custom Humanics Institute book stickers, Humanics Institute bookmarks, and other library supplies.

The next step required for this project is the purchase of materials to build the library exchange box and associated supplies for its installation, which will cost an estimated $700 for a basic sturdy library. Due to the weather we experience here in Canada’s national capital region, we need to make sure the library is wind-, water-, and snow-proof!

In order to raise the funds for this project, a GoFundMe campaign has been created. You can donate to this campaign at the following link: https://gofund.me/8f2a7be6.

Any surplus funds left over after the library is built and installed will be spent in the following ways:

  • purchasing books for the library
  • enhancing and expanding the library (signage, paint, lighting, adding more boxes)
  • purchasing additional library supplies (guest books, book stickers, bookmarks, etc.)

For transparency on the use of funds collected, we will provide a detailed accounting of how these are used. Please continue to consult this blog space for updates.

We are also starting to collect books to fill the library for when it opens. To arrange a donation of books in advance of our opening, please send a message to HumanicsLittleFreeLibrary@gmail.com.

While books of all genres are welcome, we are particularly interested in books related to the Humanics Institute’s Essential Values, and the themes that are represented throughout the Sanctuary and Sculpture Park.

Once the library is open, people can donate books directly in the library exchange box.