Shelard Park Little Library

The book exchange program counts more than 36,000 libraries in the world.

The Shelard Park neighborhood has added a small connection spot to help foster a sense of community.

The neighborhood’s own Little Free Library (part of a national initiative) opened in Shelard Park in August, and homeowners’ association board member Andrew Leonard is excited. “I really do like the idea of feeling connected to my neighborhood and sharing something with my neighbors,” he says.

Leonard says the library located at the Coach Homes of Shelard II has been well-received. Neighbors leave books for others to pick up (which run the gamut from romance novels to dog-training guides) and sometimes include a note from the donor about why the book was shared. Everyone is invited to pick up a book to borrow.

“My neighbors have said it’s a great way even for introverts to be a part of the neighborhood,” Leonard says. “It’s neat to see what the neighborhood is reading.”