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Summit Park gets second Little Free Library

The Little Free Library movement has taken hold in Summit Park.

On Saturday, there will officially be two of these structures registered in Summit Park. One, known as the Perusing Moose, was erected last year by Lori Kun near the top of Parkview Dr., and the latest one, called Through the Looking Glass Library, is located outside the home of Hunter and Julie Best at 490 Upper Evergreen Dr.

To celebrate, Julie Best, steward of the new library, will host a grand opening on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

"We will have a ribbon-cutting and bring out a table of extra books," Best told The Park Record. "We will offer some free snacks and coffee."

In addition, students from the Peak Program preschool, including Best’s daughter, Emerson, will serve lemonade, Best said.

The Little Free Library is a global movement that was started in Wisconsin in 2009. Its mission statement is "to promote a sense of community, reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the world."

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There are approximately 25,000 libraries throughout the world in 70 different countries, according to Julie Best, steward of the Through the Looking Glass Library.

"When Lori opened one a year ago, I loved the idea so much that I piggy-backed on the idea and decided to open one as well," Best said. "We do go online to register the library at the website [http://www.littlefreelibrary.org ] and it shows up on its world map."

Best’s father, John Glasgow built the four-shelved structure last fall, and Best said it was a great experience for the both of them.

"We used to live in the Avenues in Salt Lake City and loved our Victorian house, so, when we decided to make this library, we decided to go with that Victorian theme," Best said. "My dad and I went around to Recycle Utah and to Georgia’s Architectural Salvage in Salt Lake City to find the materials."

They utilized old Victorian windows and flooring scraps.

"The shelves are made of the flooring and it has galvanized steel fixtures as well as a little copper roof," Best said. "It was fun to repurpose the material into something that will last and stand the test of time."

Since the library structure was built with the Victorian era in mind and because Best loves literature from that era, she went with the "Alice Through the Looking Glass" theme.

"The idea of the library is pretty simple," she said. "We stock it and hope we have a wide enough assortment to appeal to anyone who stops by. People can take a book. They can bring in their own books. They can bring back the ones they borrowed, but they don’t have to.

"The goal is to offer free-flowing access to the written word in a time where it’s getting harder and harder to appreciate that," Best said. "People can just stop by and browse and hopefully be exposed to something they haven’t seen before."

The books will include great literary works, classics, beach reads, an assortment of young-adult novels and periodicals.

"I bought some of the books for the library at the Park City Library’s used-book sale over last Labor Day weekend, and Dolly’s Bookstore also helped me out a little bit as well," Best said. "So, this has become a little, local, organic thing."

Best also added some interactive elements into her library.

"I have a little journal and guest book where people can sign in, leave a request, recommendation or write a review," she said. "We also plan to include some fun surprises for our patrons, including treats for four-legged and two-legged library lovers, bookmarks and quotes of the day. Hopefully this will get some people reading."

The Through the Looking Glass Library will host a grand opening at 490 Upper Evergreen Dr. at Summit Park on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/throughthelookingglasslfl.com or email

throughthelookingglasslfl@gmail.com . For more information about the Little Free Library nonprofit movement, visit http://www.littlefreelibrary.org .

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