The David M. Hunt Library will unveil its British-themed Little Free Library, or LFL, at Toymakers Café, 85 Main Street in Falls Village, on Saturday May 19, at 4PM. This LFL is one of many popping up around the Northwest Corner and is a replica of the iconic British red phone box and will be stuffed with free books for the whole community, visitors, and hikers of all ages. The event is free and takes place on the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle! There will be a suitable spread of classic British tea favors including cucumber and egg sandwiches, Cottage Pie, Treacle Tart and Earl Grey tea. Guests are encouraged to put their British freak flag on—hats and spats, fascinators and lace, Dr. Who, courtly costumes and bespectacled magicians. This Little Free Library was made possible by a grant the Hunt Library received from The Feliciano & Lydia Turri Zaccheo Fund through the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc. For more information contact the Hunt Library at 860-824-7424 or Toymakers Café at 860-824-8168.
The British theme is inspired by Toymakers Café owners Ann and Greg Bidou’s love for all things Anglophile down to their Union Jack logo and their passion for corgis. In fact, this Little Free Library will be dedicated to the memory of their beloved corgis, Link and Bond.
Little Free Libraries became a trend across the country in the last ten years. There are websites dedicated to them in all their folksy variations. Hunt Library director Erica Joncyk had the goal of setting up an LFL for a few years. She talked to Ann Bidou who agreed to host it on the café property which is a popular stop for Appalachian hikers, bikers, and locals throughout the area. Ms. Bidou suggested the LFL be modelled on the classic red British phone box which was fabricated by local crafter Joseph Brien combining elements from the phone box’s K1 and K6 designs. The library received funding for the project with a grant provided through the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. The Red Phone Box, charter # 70080, and other area LFLs can be seen at littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/