FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/12/2021

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is pleased to announce the installation and unveiling of a Little Free Library on the grounds of the museum. On March 20th, the Little Free Library will open for use by the public. Located by the FAM’s William Street entrance, 907 Princess Anne St., this is the first Little Free Library in Fredericksburg’s historic downtown. The Library is a great addition to the community and adds to the downtown atmosphere; people spending time with their families and pets, enjoying dining at fabulous restaurants, shopping, attending the Farmer’s market, enjoying our community parks, and many community activities, several of which are hosted at the FAM.

These outdoor, publicly accessible, enclosed boxes hold books that have been left by others for someone else to enjoy. The spirit of the Little Free Library is “Take a book, leave a book,” and you are free to do just that at the FAM’s very own Little Free Library. We encourage everyone to stop by, donate a book and pick up one to take home and read. The library is open to everyone in our community and visitors to our area. Little Free Libraries are spread out across the United States and many different countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, France, and Canada.

Brown Riggins, a volunteer at the museum, chose to install this Little Free Library as his senior project for Old Town Academy as a way of contributing to the local area. “I was looking for a way to give back to the community I enjoyed being a part of so much,” he said. He felt the museum grounds would be the best place for people to stop by and choose a book. “Fredericksburg is the perfect city to have
something like a Little Free Library at its center because of its family friendly aesthetic and large amount of foot traffic.” Brown has had a life-long interest in learning and history, and the FAM quickly became one of his favorite places in Fredericksburg. He began visiting the museum with his parents when he was three and started volunteering at thirteen. Brown has done everything from working the front desk and giving tours, to helping create displays and working many special events such as the grand opening of the museum in its current location, our Sounds of Summer concert series, Pizza Palooza, and the FAMFaire: KrisKringlmarkt during the holiday season. He also teaches classes at the museum to school students and has created several activity books to go along with various museum exhibits.

Sara Poore, President and CEO, of the FAM, stated, “It has been such a wonderful experience watchin Brown grow up at the museum. I never imaged that the small child in our summer camp program years ago would still be a part of our museum community as a young man! His connection to the museum and his love of history and learning is why we do what we do! Working with him on this project has been a joy and we are excited to add the Little Free Library to our offerings.”

“It was a wonderful learning experience working with the Architectural Review Board (ARB) to apply and get approval for the Little Free Library. In addition, working with the City on placement and installation has been a great experience. This project’s aim is to bring the Fredericksburg community closer in these trying times” Brown said. As he explained to the ARB, “Entire families spend time together in Old Town, and this will be a fun activity for them to choose and share books.” Brown collected donations for months to purchase the library and a large collection of books to fill it. Please feel free to bring one of your favorite books to share in the library!

You can find out more about the Little Free Library initiative, locations of other Little Free Libraries around the globe, and what you can do to help promote literacy in your neighborhood at littlefreelibrary.org.

For more information on the Little Free Library or other museum programming, please contact There Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org. The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. We will facilitate an understanding and appreciation of how the acts of those who preceded us have shaped this community and the nation at large—providing both lessons and inspiration as we work together to forge a greater community.

Caroline Ford
Development Assistant
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 135
cford@famcc.org
www.famva.org