Gannon University Announces Little Free Libraries Picnics
Posted: September 11, 2013
In keeping with Gannon's mission of service, volunteerism, and
civic engagement, the University is introducing Little Free
Libraries to northwestern Pennsylvania. Each Little
Free Library is designed to hold at least two dozen books. The
books for Gannon's Little Free Libraries generously have been
donated by the University's Nash Library.
Little Free Libraries resemble oversized birdhouses and are a
type of community "book exchange." Passersby or anyone can take a
book, read it, and return it at their convenience. There is no
charge to borrow books, and anyone may contribute books on their
And now to celebrate the installation of the libraries, Gannon's
Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood
Sustainability) initiative is helping neighborhood residents get
acquainted with the Libraries at a series of picnics.
The picnics, which are funded by a grant from the Erie
Community Foundation, will be held on September 15 at 2 p.m.
at The Sisters' House, 622 Reed Street, and
on Wednesday, Sept 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Bayview Park
on W. Secondnd St. between Walnut St. and Cherry St. At
the picnics, neighborhood families are invited to learn about this
project, get a book, enjoy some food and listen to a special guest
Gannon's Little Free Libraries have been designed and
constructed by the students in the first-year seminar of Karinna
Vernaza, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, in
keeping with Gannon's mission of service, volunteerism, and civic
The Little Free Library movement originated in Wisconsin in 2009
as an outgrowth of a nonprofit organization, Wisconsin Partners for
SustainAbility. The organization's mission is to create more than
2,510 Little Free Libraries - more libraries than Andrew Carnegie
endowed - around the world.
The majority of the sites are within Gannon's Erie-GAINS
neighborhood. The Erie-GAINS program represents a comprehensive
effort by Gannon University to stimulate positive change and
promote the viability and sustainability of downtown Erie and
neighborhoods surrounding the campus.