The Kelowna neighborhood comes collectively to start out a small library – Okanagan

A small library was added to a neighborhood in the Rutland area of ​​Kelowna.

Arlene Hildred is the neighborhood librarian on Neptune Road after the ribbon was cut for the small free Galaxy Quest library.

Hildred said it was group work to bring the little library to life.

“My daughter drew Neptune and Mercury on the side and in our neighborhood we also have a scorpion [road] and bull [road] So she made the zodiac signs for it and then we have the bank that was donated and one of the neighbors across the street spent a lot of time sanding and painting them, ”Hildred said.

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Sharlene Drosomereski painted the donated bench, which is now called the Cosmic Couch.

“It’s a wonderful addition to the neighborhood,” said Drosomereski. “My husband, my son and I all spent several hours painting the cosmic couch.”

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To make Hildred’s dream of creating that little piece of literary heaven come true, she applied for and received a grant from the City of Kelowna and the Central Okanagan Foundation. The group also raised funds for supplies from Rona, Tim Hortons, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Your Dollar Store With More.

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“We got $ 800, which is very quick,” said Hildred. “I made bookmarks and got some postage stamps.”

The corner library even has a dog-only area – The Little Free Stick Library, which dogs can look for as they please on their walk.

And while the dogs rummage through the sticks, the neighbors can rummage through the books.

“It’s really cute. I’ll use it and put some books in there – it’s part of what the neighborhood is all about, ”said neighbor Linda Hansen.

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Now the small neighborhood on Neptune Road offers new literary adventures for neighbors and visitors.

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