Little Free Library designed to spread literacy

A little past the rush hour of early morning coffee, the Dion family had just finished helping Rebecca set up a bright blue book dispenser. The inside of the blue-painted box is stacked with some of her favorite paperbacks from Harry Potter to Judy Blume, for Shelton’s newest place for books, a “Little Free Library.”

The Shelton High School senior has taken part in the non-profit organization “Little Free Library,” which encourages people to “take a book, leave a book” and spread reading across communities.

Rebecca and her grandfather had built their own book dispenser for the non-profit and put it out in front of Cafe Plus, located at 90 Huntington Street, for the public to use.

"I thought it would be a good idea to spread the literacy around Shelton,” said Rebecca Dion.

Rebecca saw that other towns like Stratford had their own installations and wanted to bring it to her home community.

"I think it is a very good idea, and it was really nice that a teenager, a high school girl, thought of it and she is doing it for the community,” said Shelton resident Judy Hiznay.

Rebecca had kickstarted the library with her own books so people can grab a novel and put in their contribution.

"I hope that people actually use it and contribute books to the library, so I can see what everyone else is reading and I can read their books and their ideas,” Rebecca said.

The book dispenser will be open at all times in front of the cafe.

For more information on “Little Free Library” go to or call 715-690-2488.