HELENA – Areas all around the US are participating in the movement called Little Free Library, and anyone can participate to build their own little library.

Most are wooden and made in the form of a small house, and then filled with free literature for anyone to take.

Emily Free Wilson’s son Clayton Wilson is a member of Cub Scout Pack 206.

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Clayton’s working toward becoming a Boy Scout in Helena, and one of the requirements is to come up with a project to “build a better community.”

“Some of the Little Free Library project is helping them accomplish some of their requirements before they move on to Boy Scouts,” said Emily Free Wilson, Little Free Libraries supporter.

Anyone can participate in Little Free Library, all you have to do is to follow five easy steps.

  • Identify a location and steward
  • get a library
  • register your library
  • build and support
  • add your library to the world map

Wilson noted that “Helena has 25 registered Little Free Libraries.”

Emily said she had a great time creating a little library with her son, and believes these are a great opportunity to bring a community together.

“If you put one in front of your business, or in front of your home, then you sort of keep tabs on it, so you can put books in it, and people come and put books and take books. It becomes sort of this organic, cool community-building,” said Wilson.

Emily says she believes in the national Little Free Library movement because it encourages reading.

“It’s a physical, real reminder that books are important and that there is easy access to them if you can’t get to the library,” said Wilson.

Emily said the Little Free Library her and her son created will be for sale soon, along with other little libraries made from Cub Scout Pack 206.

All proceeds from the libraries will be donated to the Lewis and Clark Library.