Southbury: New Little Free Library Installed

Funeral directors Jayson Dahlgard (left) and Matt Bailey, CFSP, stand before the new Little Free Library at Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main St. South, across from the Southbury Green in Southbury.

SOUTHBURY — Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front yard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. A new Little Free Library at Carpino Funeral Home will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers. The Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main St. South, across from the Southbury Green, hosts the new free library, which is now available to the public.

“Our Little Free Library doesn’t just belong to us, it belongs to the whole community,” said funeral director Matt Bailey, CFSP. “We are living during interesting times. It’s our hope that this Little Free Library will bring a little more joy, a little more connection and a whole lot of love for reading to our friends and neighbors.”

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation and the American Library Association. Reader’s Digest n​amed the organization one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.”

Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. Those who wish to learn more, may visit

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