On Oct. 16, the Friends of Alden Square held their annual Oktoberfest potluck at the gazebo they built together in Alden Square more than 20 years ago. This year they had an addition to the park to celebrate, the opening of two Little Free Libraries right next to the gazebo, one for adults and one for children.
The idea began at a coffee gathering this summer. They held a design contest and voted for Doug Derr’s entry at their ice cream social in July. A group of neighbors organized to build, paint and install the libraries. Many neighbors contributed materials and money.
After they were installed in September, they were registered at the Little Free Library website. There, you can find the Alden Square Little Free Libraries on a world map at www.littlefreelibrary.org. The libraries have solar panels to provide light so passersby can get a book day or night, any day of the year.
Alden Square is located at 1169 Gibbs Ave. in St. Anthony Park.