I am introducing a new Friday Feature to my Blog, Heartlander of the Week. My Heartlander of the Week will be someone who has worked to promote democracy, social advancement, social equity, learning, or otherwise making the World a better place to be. The Heartlander of the Week may be a celeb, an ordinary person, someone who worked for profit or as a volunteer, old, young, small, tall. The proto-Heartlander was Kizzy from last Summer. She would have been the Inaugural Heartlander of the Week, but I hadn’t thought of it then.
The Inaugural Heartlander of the Week Award is split between the Alicia Rheal and Rick Brooks, co-founders of the Little Free Library project. These folks built on the idea of the book exchange table, found in Community Centers, Youth Hostels and elsewhere. They built a little cabinet with a glass-fronted door on a pole in the yard and put some books in it—Free to Good Home. Take a Book, Leave a Book. Walk by, look through the shelf, take something that looks good, leave behind something you’re done with.
The idea is spreading through the State and elsewhere. Cost: Not much. Social Value: Priceless. 🙂