Views of the Neighborhood – The Opening of the Little Free Library in Lakeway

Dallas Gorman, General Manager of the Lakeway Activity Center, came up with a unique vehicle for the latest Little Free Library in Lakeway. she located an old popsicle freezer that hadn’t sold at a government auction. With a glass door to protect its contents, she reimagined the freezer repurposed as the library’s base, and the project was born.

The Little Free Library will be accessible in the Activity Center’s driveway at 105 Cross Creek. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was on December 21st, and we were there.

We are back to our old stand-by bus with reclining studio chairs and individual entertainment sections. Today we are serving Maine lobster sliders’ appetizer, followed by your choice of Grilled New York strip or Filet of sole meuniere.  These are being served with twice baked potatoes and broccolini. For dessert, we have rum raisin ice cream on top of warm spice cake. We have the top shelf bar and are serving Mercer Small Lot Petit Verdot 2015 for the red and Pegasus Estate Winery – Grenache 2017 for the white.

The Bangles will be on the tour for your music enjoyment. So let’s get on the bus and go see the dedication of the Little Free Library in Lakeway.

The library is all wrapped for the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Here comes the cutter.

Dallas Gorman (left) has placed an assortment of icy treats on top of the library.

The ribbon cutter was given the honor by being the first to arrive with a donation.

A couple of boys were cajoled into undoing the wrapping.

Ta da. The Reading is Cool Little Library is born.

Close up of the breaking news that the Little Free Library is now open.

Chock full of books.

Time for a frozen treat. The drumsticks went fast.

Last look of the Activity Center and departing guests.

Stay and enjoy more food and listen to the Bangles Manic Monday. I hope you enjoyed the visit to the Activity Center and the Little Free Library grand opening. I hope you have a great week.

75 comments

  1. Brilliant idea, John 👍

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Chris.

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  2. That’s a great idea, John, particularly if it gets kids reading as well as fostering a community spirit.

    When our local authority closed the library in our community (an old coal-mining town that has seen better days), it was taken over by a local charity – cast your eyes over https://www.s4all.org.uk/ to see what it is doing now.

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    1. I just took a look at S4ALL’s site. Community activism at its best!

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      1. They do a great deal for the local community, Liz. We’ve only been here for a bit over a year, but once life gets back to normal post-COVID, we plan to get involved at some level.

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      2. I was involved with our library pre-Hurricane Harvey. It was wonderful. The library did not open back up before we left the coast. I haven’t gotten involved here yet. Same Covid reason.

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      3. Organizations like that help restore my faith in human nature. 🙂

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      4. Yes it is. Thanks, Liz.

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      5. You’re welcome, John.

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    2. Wow. Great work. Sadly, I see Covid has closed the library. I hope it is a short pause.

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      1. Hopefully the vaccines will allow a return to something like normality in a few months.

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  3. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a clever idea! I suspect the kids will spread the word and many will follow their lead. How wonderful! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Gwen. I agree. 😊

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  4. You put out quite a spread to day, John. I contribute all the time to our lending library here, but yours is much cooler! 🤗

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    1. The kid concentration is different for sure. Thanks, GP.

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  5. Something we humans do well: adapt!!

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    1. Yup. Thanks, Pamela.

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  6. Our local park has a lending library, but it’s been closed since March. Yours is terrific! Thanks for sharing, John. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I wish you the same. 🤗

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  7. What a ‘cool’ idea! Pass the lobster sliders, please and thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Mark. 😊

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  8. I love how the outside of the freezer is decorated! Reading IS cool!!

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  9. Now that my belly is satisfied (seriously, he spreads you create…) I can fully enjoy this lovely idea. Great community you live in!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I’m glad you came. 😁

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      1. I never miss a chance to hop onto your bus!

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  10. Awesome idea. Is this like ‘take a book and leave a book’ things?

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    1. You can take a book without leaving. The idea is to bring it back though. 😁

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  11. A great way to get children to read, John. It was a lovely idea. Another good trip aboard your special bus. An enjoyable post. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😁

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  12. Terrific idea, John, and the rolling repast gets a thumbs up, too. Yum!

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    1. Hahaha. Glad you liked it, Lori. The nice part is zero calories and fat. 😁

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  13. That’s a great idea for reuse, John. However, seeing it did spark my appetite, so it was good of you to have ice cream for dessert. Anything that promotes reading is a good idea. Our library has only been open for curbside access since spring. When I saw the Bangles were providing entertainment, I thought you might have us walking like Egyptians. Reclining, drinking and overeating is much better.

    Here’s hoping you have a less than manic week.

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  14. This is such a great idea! I’ve noticed the doors on the two near me are sometimes ajar in the wind, and that won’t be a problem with this old goodies freezer!

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  15. I love these Little Free Libraries and this one is quite unique. A great idea. Love The Bangles!!

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  16. I enjoy all the forms of these little free libraries. The concept of this one should be especially appealing to the kids, but I did wonder — most I’ve seen display the available books more conveniently. This one looks like it requires digging to get to books at the bottom. It may not be a problem, of course, and kids do love to dig.

    I was greatly surprised to find a little free library in the parking lot of the Big Thicket visitors’ center. As you might imagine, there were a lot of nature books there, but also some darned good fiction for friends or spouses not so interested in the trees and the birds.

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  17. What a fantastic idea!

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  18. What a perfect repurposing! Reading IS cool.

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  19. What a wonderful way to put the old cooler to great use!! Kudos to the Lakeway Activity Center for doing this!! Happy New Year, John!

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  20. I love this! I was trying to figure out what it would look like when it was wrapped. An ice cream freezer! Perfect! Of course I have the book that’s inside. Thanks for the tour, John.

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    1. Of course you do.

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  21. This is such a marvelous way to highlight the joy of reading. It’s so nice to see the community come together in such a great atmosphere. Thanks for the tour, John.

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Soooz. I’m glad you liked it.

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  22. A suitable celebration for the opening of a new library.

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    1. I would say. BBQ and a keg might be a little better but did enjoy the event.

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  23. These are such great ideas. Someone up here turned theirs into a little free pantry with canned and boxed goods for those in need.

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    1. We had those on the coast as well. Thanks, Craig.

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  24. Whoever did the decal on the side is talented! This is a great idea. I’m sure it will see plenty of use 🙂

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    1. I think they will. BTW I tried to finish Mistletoe Inn by Christmas but didn’t make it. I’m enjoying the story.

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      1. Thank you, John!

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  25. Perfect way to reuse something – very cool!

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    1. Yes it is, Jo. Thank you.

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  26. Wonderful way to spend part of a Sunday, and the Maine Lobster sliders were to die for! But now that my belly is full and I’ve had such fun, I believe it’s time for a nap! 🥱 😴

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    1. Yes it is nap time.

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  27. I LOVE this Little Free Library! What a wonderful post to begin my day. Literacy and reading are gifts that continue to keep on giving. I am heartened!

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    1. I’m glad you are hrartened, Rebecca. There is a lot to be heartened about.

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  28. Cool idea (you’re welcome) for the library. I love the sense of community here.

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    1. It is a community with a personality. 😁

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  29. So nice to see. Although I mostly read eBooks these days, there’s nothing like the feel of a book in my hands.

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    1. I know what you mean for sure. 😁

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    1. It is for sure. Thanks, Audrey. 😊

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  30. Anonymous · · Reply

    From and ex-school librarian. Really excellent idea. What a draw for kids…And furthermore –NO SCREENS… what a concept… Almost makes me weep. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks. Happy New Year.

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  31. What a fantastic idea to have the library in an old freezer! I bet the kids will love it.

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    1. I think so, Teri.

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  32. What a great idea. And delicious grub to boot. Wait . . . wait one minute. AND the Bangles too? Okay . . I’m in. All the way in.

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    1. Yes. Bangles. Ummmhummm

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      1. Found this in the spam folder. Sheesh.

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      2. WordPress gremlins strike again!

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  33. What a “refreshing” idea, John! Wonderful! Thanks for the great tour, as always!

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Lauren

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