Green is where the Heart Is for August 12th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 12 August 2015 04:00

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn,  the more places you'll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

This month my friend and fellow Island Woman Becky Wall and I have been taking care of the LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES located in Kure Beach at Joe Eakes Park near the corner of  7th and K Ave. and in front of the KB Community Center, 118 N. 3rd Street.  Another team has been watching over the ones in Carolina Beach at 625 Spencer Fellow Drive in front of Paradise Cove Condominiums and 408 Carolina Sands Drive.  Some of our duties include monitoring usage, conditions and type of books, replenishing and replacing books and restocking with fresh books.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to “Take a book, leave a book” which was a concept started in 2009 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin.  According to the website about the history of these amazing little houses, “ (he) built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Rick Brooks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, saw Bol's do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a wide variety of goals for the common good. Each brought different skills to the effort, Bol as a creative craftsman experienced with innovative enterprise models and Brooks as a youth and community development educator with a background in social marketing.”
These little houses are springing up around the country and Island Women’s Literacy Committee has brought 4 more to our island.  In addition you may find a few more that are privately built and maintained in other neighborhoods around the island. 
This is not the only project to encourage love of reading for our little ones.  If you are walking around the lake in Carolina Beach you may notice Island Women StoryWalkTM, another great idea implemented with collaboration from the Island Women’s Literacy Committee, the Town of Carolina Beach and the Cape Fear Literacy Council.   Starting at the entrance near Clarendon Avenue adults can encourage children pre-school to second grade to follow the walking path while reading a page at a time and joining in the recommended physical activity associated with the page.
If you have appropriate books you would like to donate, please contact Island Women at islandwomen.org.  We are looking for classics or “reasonably” current fiction or non-fiction, no text books or scientific manuals, no musty or moldy books, no books of questionable content i.e. obscene material, no magazines, and a variety of books for both children and adults.  Books are a magic bus that can take us to worlds beyond.  What a wonderful place to go!! xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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