We are again combining Little Free Libraries and the Lincoln Highway for our Patience Oaktree Cross-Country Book Tour!
Here’s how it works:
Little Free Library® —
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. The first Little Free Library was built in 2009, and there are now more than 80,000 of them (up from 70,000 last year) registered with the organization and branded as Little Free Libraries.
Valentina Sgro, the author of the Patience Oaktree books, is a lifelong fan of libraries and reading, and she wants to see her novels in the hands of as many people as possible.
Lincoln Highway —
The Lincoln Highway – now mostly U.S. Route 30 – was the first hard-surfaced road that went from coast to coast in the United States. It was conceived by a group of businessmen in the fledgling automotive industry who wanted to provide car owners with an incentive to take road trips. The Lincoln Highway Association was created in 1913 to promote the road using private and corporate donations.
One of the cities on the Lincoln Highway is Massillon, Ohio. Carl Cormany, the illustrator of the Patience Oaktree books, grew up in Massillon, and has long wanted to drive the entire Lincoln Highway from New York to San Francisco.
Book Tour —
Last year Carl and Val travelled their first segment of the Lincoln Highway from New York City to Massillon, Ohio. (see the August 25, 2018, blog post)
This year — June 30 through July 9 — Carl and Val will travel their second segment of the Lincoln Highway from Massillon, Ohio, to Big Springs, Nebraska. Along the way, they will stop at Little Free Libraries and deposit copies of the Patience Oaktree novels.
The planned stops are:
June 30: Bucyrus, OH; 119 South Walnut Street; charter #40251
June 30: Fort Wayne, IN; 1300–1398 Spring Street; charter #8608
July 1: Valparaiso, IN; 166 Lincolnway; charter #47902
July 2: Aurora, IL; 727 Oak Avenue; charter #27915
July 3: Mount Vernon, IA; 109 2nd Street SW; charter #4241
July 4: Ames, IA; 230 Main Street; charter #42987
July 5: Denison, IA; 1209 Broadway; charter #59354
July 6: Schuyler, NE; 1922 Colfax Street; charter #37622
July 7: Kearney, NE; 4103 19th Avenue; charter #13098
July 8: North Platte, NE; 2620 Lynn Court; charter #9706
Join Us —
If you would like to meet us at one of our Little Free Library stops, please let us know.
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