Celebrate Story with Nonni’s Place by Suzy Parish

on Jul 8, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate story than in a grassroots manner. I’m speaking of aIMG_5530 phenomenon that is gaining momentum across the world. Little Free Libraries are springing up all over. At last count there are over 40K. I first heard of them through an article in our local paper. There are currently 13 of these “book boxes” in our city and each one reflects the decorating taste of the steward. A steward is exactly what the name implies, the person or persons who look after the LFL and keep it clean, stocked and maintained. My adult daughter and I steward Nonni’s Place, LFL #36424

Our LFL is located in a city park. It gets a tremendous amount of traffic, especially in children’s books. My sweet husband built our library and we chartered it with the worldwide organization.

We opened our doors March 13 of this year and have had hundreds of books pass through, even in this short amount of time. The motto for Little Free Libraries is “Take a book, Return a book”. The books are always free, never for sale.

A dual blessing to stewarding a Little Free Library is the ability to promote my friends’ books. I have had donations from five authors already (two local) and it is a thrill to be able to give back to them by highlighting them on our Facebook page.

We have notecards on a ring in Nonni’s Place for patrons to leave feedback. The most touching ones come unnamed (1)from the children: (typed just as they were spelled)

“To. Nonni
This is so cool! (Smiley face)
There needs to be more of thies book boxes at every park, becaus
I enjoy reading and writing books. Love, Elliott”
It is a good Books in the Books Box and I like it. (Smiley face)”

I had surgery in January of this year and I was in for a long recuperation period. I knew I needed something to keep me engaged with life and also something that was doable while I recovered. I look forward every day to see what is new in our library and who it has blessed, but from the notes you just read, you can see who the most blessed person is. That would be me.

Just call me Nonni.

1453371_10201364981398187_306568184_nSuzy Williams writes as Suzy Parish. She wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. She is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Suzy has had short stories published in Splickety Magazine. Her novel, Flowers from Afghanistan was a 2013 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis competition.

Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes strongly in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park. She currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband who retired as an investigator from the Huntsville Police Department.


  1. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing your story, Suzy. I’m going to check if there’s one in my area. This is a wonderful way to bless your community.


    July 9, 2016

    • Thanks Denise!https://littlefreelibrary.org has all the information you need to get started. You can send me a note at Nonni’s Place if you have any more questions. I believe there is a $40.00 registration fee, but that is good for the lifetime of the library and it gains you access to the Stewards page on Facebook. Other stewards have been so helpful in answering any questions I had. It’s an amazing group of people. Best wishes on your new adventure!

      Suzy Parish

      July 12, 2016

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