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Heritage Museum Opens New “Little Free Library”

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Heritage Museum Board of Trustees and staff gather to celebrate the opening of the museum’s new Little Free Library.

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, located in Valparaiso, recently celebrated the grand opening of the newest Little Free Library.


The Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” FREE book exchange, part of a worldwide nonprofit organization that inspires the love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.


The museum’s new Little Free Library (LFL) was a special project by Boy Scout Adam Klamerus, a recent graduate of Niceville High School and a student athlete. Mr. Klamerus spent his summer designing, constructing and successfully installing the new LFL as part of his requirements to rank as an Eagle Scout.


Additional projects for the museum included a customized bookshelf for the research library, as well as a brochure rack for the gift shop.


Guests enjoy the FREE book exchange in Valparaiso.

About 60 people attended the LFL opening and ribbon cutting. Guests enjoyed light refreshments, a book exchange, DIY bookmark station and story time with Angela Yuriko-Smith, local author of The Literary Lizard.  Members of Okaloosa Rocks (recently featured in Beachcomber) also joined the celebration, helping children paint kindness rocks for sharing throughout the community.


The Little Free Library and other projects were made possible with generous contributions from community business sponsors Walker Ace Hardware and Compass Builders of Florida.


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– Gina Marini
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