Attend a ribbon cutting for Cantigny Park’s charming new Little Free Library and contribute to a children’s book drive by Bernie’s Book Bank.
Cantigny Park plans to unveil a Free Little Library book exchange near the Red Oaks Farm playground. Visitors will be able to “take a book and share a book” during park hours, seven days a week. The initiative launches Cantigny’s partnership with Little Free Library (LFL), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community, inspiring readers and expanding book access for all. Bernie’s Book Bank will conduct a Children’s Book Drive on site from 10 am to 2 pm.
The Little Free Library was built by Wheaton Rotary, which supports literacy in the community. Rotarians Tom Newman and Thor Davidson designed and constructed the Cantigny library with a farm theme, to complement the Red Oaks Farm playground.
Books in the library are intended for beginning through young adult readers. Some titles will be provided by Cantigny but all park visitors are encouraged to donate and, of course, take books home to enjoy. In addition, Cantigny has signed on to Read in Color, a program supporting equity and inclusion that aims to bring diverse children’s books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world.
Cantigny’s regular daily parking fee is $5 per car. Parking is free on the first Wednesday of every month. On Saturdays and Sundays, May through September, parking is $10. The $10 rate also applies on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Parking is free at all times for Cantigny Park members, Honor Club members, and those attending ticketed events or other fee-based programs.