PORTSMOUTH — A new, innovative feature has been added to the Wolford’s Landing Campground located at 6888 Front Street in Portsmouth called, The Lavender-Clifford Little Free Library (TLCLFL) at Wolford’s Landing. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday, April 16.
Jenny Lavender, owner and operator of TLCLFL, said she has received an incredible amount of support from many different people.
“We are celebrating the chartering of our new Lavender-Clifford Little Free Library number 3364. As of January, there are 36,000 worldwide including 70 countries, and mine just recently got chartered with that number 3, 364, so they are popping up everywhere,” Lavender said. “To date, 648 books have already been donated for this from my volunteers from the community, and from businesses. It is just amazing how the community comes together for one little library. So, I guess it doesn’t matter if it is big or small.”
The public has access to books from TLCLFL Library 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“It is available 24, seven. People can stop in, and you don’t need a library card to stop in if you want something to read you can get a book. If you don’t have a book to return, that is absolutely fine. You don’t have to worry about making sure it gets back. Just make sure that when they get done with it that they give it to someone, or bring it back to another Little Free Library. Basically, its take a book, return a book,” Lavender said.
According to the world wide map of Little Free Libraries, TLCLFL is the only one in Scioto County, Lavender said.
Lavender felt Wolford’s Landing would be a great location for her Little Free Library.
“Originally because I named it the Lavender/Clifford Little Free Library because I wanted my grandparents and my dad to have some part in that, and we were going to put it at the house,” Lavender said. “But we live at the hollow, and not a lot of traffic, so I thought, why not put it in our second home which I call this our home away from home here at Wolford’s Landing. This is our eighth season, and our camper stays here year round.
Kristi Caudill, owner of the Wolford’s Landing Campground, was very receptive to Lavender’s desire to put TLCLFL at Wolford’s Landing.
“I contacted Kristi Caudill and told her what I wanted to do and she said, “Absolutely,” Lavender said. “So, some of the campers are here year around, and it will be utilized more often here.”
TLCLFL was constructed by good friends of Jenny Lavender.
“Some people have to pay for the library to be built, however I mentioned to my secretary how I wanted to do this, just in conversation one time in the fall,” Lavender said. “She went home and told her husband who owns Hurley’s Landscaping and Design and he did this without me even having a clue. They called me and told me they had a picture of my library, and installed it about three days later. So I had one and ended up getting it chartered, which only costed $75. That was the only fee that I had.”
Bob Hurley, of Hurley’s Landscaping and Design, said he put TLCLFL together for Lavender as a gift.
“This was actually a gift for Jenn’s 50th birthday party. We took an old, antique piece and modified it so we could roof it, and protect the outside,” Hurley said. “We just had the construction knowledge, and with the landscaping business I had the skills and the equipment to do it for her. It was basically a gift for her.”
Beverly Cain, who is the current State Librarian, and worked as the director of the Portsmouth Public Library from 1997 until 2010, said the TLCLFL, is a wonderful resource for the community.
“I think this is such a wonderful thing. Little Free Libraries are springing up all around the country, I think this is great place to have one where people are going to be located all summer and not have quick access to books, and they will be right here,” Cain said. “The whole idea is to share books so people can take a book, add a book, and I think it is going to be great for the community.”
At the ribbon cutting ceremony Lavender expressed her appreciation of her dad, her grandfather and grandmother who have always supported her in all of her ventures. Additionally, Lavender thanked her husband Jon Lavender, who she said has always been there to support her in all of her pursuits as well.
Jenny Lavender was assisted by her granddaughters, Isabella and Raegan Lavender to perform the actual ribbon cutting. For more information visit TLCLFL Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/lavendercliffordlittlefreelibrary2016.
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