UNTHSC’s second Little Free Library opens a new chapter
By Cari Hyden
UNTHSC just opened its second Little Free Library. It’s in the Lewis Library lobby, near the Java Lab. There you can feel free to pick up a book to read. Then next time you pass by, you can return the book you borrowed – or replace it with another book you think others might enjoy. Members of the local community also can use the Little Free Library.
Kim Williams, Assistant to the Chair, Physician Assistant Studies, got the project going. She had been using a Little Free Library at Tarrant County College.
“I wanted everyone on the UNTHSC campus to have the same benefit,” she said. “I wanted to ‘be the change that I wanted to see in the world.’”
The FUN Club, dedicated to Facilitating Unity and Networking, agreed to sponsor the library.
“We felt this could be a way to promote unity and networking through literacy,” said DeVetra Patrick, Room Scheduling Coordinator and Chairwoman for the FUN Club. “It’s a gathering place where employees can share their favorite literature and stories. Making reading a part of people’s everyday routines can help them to be thoughtful, engaged employees, and the Little Free Library provides a benefit to the UNTHSC community.”
Williams got permission from Dan Burgard, Lewis Library Executive Director, and from Seth Willmoth, Executive Director in Facilities Management. Then Jack Thetford, Construction Foreman, and Rob Tong, Signage Coordinator, got to work building the Little Free Library.
“All you need to do is place a thought in Rob’s brain and it starts racing,” Thetford said.
“I just cut the parts for the house, and Rob engraved bricks and shingles on them,” Thetford said.
Tong used his laser signage equipment to “carve” books for the base.
The original Little Free Library on campus is located in the UNTHSC Community Garden at 3621 W. Seventh St. This library was provided by an Eagle Scout as part of a community service project.
Little Free Libraries started in 2009 as a way for founder Todd H. Bol to honor his mother, a schoolteacher. He placed the structure in his front yard and saw the “take a book, share a book” concept become popular with his neighbors. So he co-founded a nonprofit organization to bring Little Free Libraries to communities throughout the world.
Today, more than 80,000 Little Free Libraries are registered in 91 countries. Learn more.
By Alex Branch Two 2016 UNT Health Science Center graduates will begin prestigious pediatric cancer fellowships this summer in Dallas. Morgan Coleman, DO, and Chelsee Greer, DO, are the first Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) alumni to earn fellowships in Pediatric Hematology-On...Read more
Jun 24, 2019
By Alex Branch Treating impoverished people in Costa Rica gave UNT Health Science Center physical therapy students real-life lessons in compassion and the diverse needs of others. Nine first- and second-year students helped treat and provide health education to men, women and childre...Read more
Jun 20, 2019
By Jan Jarvis Before ever taking their first class, Medical Science students had donated 800 hours of service to the community at 11 area organizations. “In a single day, they made new friends and practiced all of our values,” said Carla Johnson, Executive Director of Student Ser...Read more
Jun 18, 2019
By Jan Jarvis As a musician, Sarah Dunbar never imagined she would one day be leaning over a cadaver studying facial muscles. Yet, that is exactly where the University of North Texas College of Music graduate student found herself after years of struggling with severe pain caused by ...Read more
Jun 14, 2019