Little Free Library built to provide books for the Hereford community


Photo by Nick Pindale

The Little Free Library stands near the auditorium doors. Nick Pindale(’14) built this for the Hereford community.

On June 5,Nick Pindale (’14) installed the Little Free Library for the National English Honor Society. The Little Free Library is a structure full of books where anyone in the community can stop by to pick a book to read and bring back another one to share.

““I think it will be a great addition to our community. It could really help younger kids get more into reading by seeing this at the high school,” said Danielle Samam (9), member of NEHS.

The Little Free Library movement started in 2009 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, who built a model of a schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved to read.  He filled the schoolhouse with books and put it on a post in his front yard.  This became very popular with his friends and neighbors who loved it. Bol ended up building several more to give away.

                After reading about it in various publications, NEHS adviser, Mary Beth Stuller suggested the NEHS build one. When no one in the honor society felt qualified to build one, she asked students in her English classes for help, and Nick Pindale volunteered.

“The most difficult part of making the library was the door,” stated Nick.” The roof took the longest to build, but I loved helping contribute something to Hereford.”

The Little Free Library is a chance for the community to come together and share their love for reading when school resumes in August. The books offered will range from children stories to adult works, so anyone can find one they like.

“I’m excited to participate; I hope people really become involved in this,” said NEHS member Bethany Guthall (11).


“I think the Little Free Library is a really great idea; it will be something else that makes Hereford unique. Additionally, I look forward to using the library myself and getting the entire Hereford community involved,” stated Lisabeth Stewart (10).

The National English Honor Society members will earn service hours by maintaining the library by checking inventory, cleaning it and keeping it tidy.

“In the fall NEHS will be having a fundraiser called Bring a Book and a Buck, a chance for Hereford students to really see what this project is all about and to donate to our scholarship drive,” said Mrs. Stuller.

Students should look for more information about the Little Free Library on the morning announcements.