LaPlace councilwoman opens her own library

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 24, 2013

LAPLACE – St. John the Baptist Parish District VII Councilwoman Cheryl Millet recently joined the nationwide movement to promote literacy by fostering a “Little Free Library” at her home in LaPlace.  
Unlike standard library procedures, the “Little Free Library” is a free book exchange that operates under the simple concept of “take a book, leave a book.” Anyone is welcome to take a book from the mini-library in expectation that a book will be left in its place. The library has books for adults and children and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and no library card is needed.
“This is an effort to bring our community together and foster the love of reading,” said Millet. “I’m open and ready for business.”
The library was donated through the Goodmates Program at the Wisconsin Department of Training and was built by inmates who wanted the library to come to an area affected by Hurricane Isaac.
Wisconsin native Todd Bol started the organization in 2009 as a way to honor his mother, who loved to read. His goal of 2510 Little Free Libraries — as many as Andrew Carnegie — has already been exceeded. The “Little Free Library” in LaPlace is located
at 1925 Ridgefield
Millet encourages other members of the community to serve as literacy stewards by creating their own Little Free Libraries. For more information on the organization, visit