The Rotary Club of Peterborough-Kawartha has always focused on promoting literacy, both on a community and international level. In addition to their annual Kawartha Rotary Book Drive in collaboration with the Salvation Army and the Peterborough Public Library, which provides new age-appropriate books to over 2,500 children each year, the Rotary Club is now setting their sights on a new initiative. The 25th Anniversary Free Little Libraries project will see 25 Little Libraries built and installed at various locations across the city.

The libraries are essentially small structures erected either in an indoor space, or outdoors, where anyone is welcome to take a book to read and replace it with one from their personal library to share with others. Organizers hope that the Free Little Libraries will become gathering places for friends and neighbours to share their favourite literature and stories.

The libraries were built by Fleming College students in the Carpentry Techniques Program at the new Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre with guidance from Simon Mokedanz, the Program Co-ordinator.  Simon stated, “We were very happy to be asked to assist with this program and partner with the Kawartha Rotary Club.  I am very proud of the students and what they have accomplished.  They volunteered many hours to complete the project and learned skills along the way.”  The club would also like to thank Nefab who donated all the plywood and Merrett Home Hardware for supporting this project.

The libraries will now be delivered to area high school art classes for painting.

The Kawartha Rotary Club plans to install the first libraries in Spring of 2015.   If you are interested in applying for a library or have books that you would like to donate, please contact Wendy Swain at

On Thursday, February 26th at noon—at the School of Trades & Technology Centre, 599 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha will be hosting a pizza lunch as a thank you to the students.  We would love the Media to join us and take photos of our community project.

For further information please contact:

Wendy Swain
Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha