Turtle Bay Exploration Park recently installed a Little Free Library in the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, thanks to support from the Shasta Early Literacy Program. The Little Free Library is located in the Children’s Garden, adjacent to the Mosaic Oasis and picnic tables. It’s hard to miss: it has been designed and painted to look like Snoopy’s doghouse, with Snoopy himself reading on top!
When the books were first placed in the Little Free Library, Turtle Bay staff was swarmed with kids and families before the books were even inside. In less than two weeks, the Library was wiped out, thanks to avid readers. However, with generous support from the Shasta Early Literacy Program, the Redding Library’s book store, and Turtle Bay staff and guests, Turtle Bay will continue to be able to offer books in the Little Free Library for a long time and plans to add a second Little Free Library on the museum side of campus in the near future.
Guests can donate books for the Little Free Library and receive $2 off admission, as a part of Turtle Bay’s Great-Full Giving program. Turtle Bay will accept any and all books in new or gently used condition, but children’s books are specifically needed. One $2 discount per donated book per person only. Books must be in new or gently used condition and turned in to the Museum front desk in order to receive the admission discount. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer.
About Little Free Library
Little Free Library strives to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. There are over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.