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Little Free Library Modeled after Indiana Covered Bridge

July 5, 2012

Several months ago Little Free Library Indiana’s founder Phyllis Wilkins approached officials at the Henryville Correctional Facility to see if they might be interested in using the Little Free Library concept as a building project for the center. (Phyllis is a member of their Community Advisory Board.)

They thought it sounded like a great idea and added their own unique twist: they decided to model all the the libraries built at the facility after Indiana covered bridges.

The first one has been completed and it is modeled after a bridge located in Jennings County, Indiana, known as the Scipio Bridge. Here is a photo of the original bridge:

And below is the Little Free Library that was modeled after that bridge.  (Pictured with the library is John Pelsor, who delivered the Little Library to Phyllis. Thanks John!)

Superintendent of the Facility, Ron Gibson told us that “the offenders really got into the project and were very proud that they were able to assist.”

The next step was figuring out where to place it in the community. As reported before, the Jeffersonville Rotary gave grant money to purchase one for the Clark County Youth Shelter, so the idea was proposed that this library be donated to the Floyd County Youth Shelter. The folks at the Floyd County Youth Shelter happily accepted and are now working on finalizing the plans for placement of the library pictured above.

Henryville Correctional Facility is currently working on two more Little Free Libraries modeled after covered bridges. Can’t wait to see those!

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