The Blank Slate

Thanks to the Gloucester High School carpentry students, with the guidance of Jack Andrews and Dana Griffin, we now have a Little Free Library! It is just waiting to be painted, stained, and sealed against the elements.

If you see that the door opens from the bottom, that is on purpose. It will help to protect the books in case the door is accidentally left open. The head of Little River is very windy.

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It will look way better when it’s out of the trunk, we promise.

There is also a sturdy post on which it will sit.

This LFL’s design was taken directly from the Little Free Library website. If you are interested in building your own, you can find the plans here.

Next up: Jen goes to Awesome Gloucester Pitch Night on May 16, 2016 to make her case for a micro-grant!

Thank you for reading!

What is The Little Heater, anyway?

In researching the area around Knowles Landing, we’ve learned that the corner of Essex and Magnolia Avenues is part of The Little Heater of Gloucester.

The Little Heater is a rough triangle that encompasses Ravenswood Forest, Bond Hill, and the Fernwood area. If one were looking at a map, it would run from the corners of Magnolia and Essex Avenue to the corner of Essex and Western Avenue and back up Western to the corner of Magnolia again. Please don’t ask us about the Big Heater, though – we’re less sure about that one!

According to local legend, equestrians in the past would warm up their horses by running them around this triangle of West Gloucester. We’ve also read that the shape of the Little Heater’s three roads resembles an old-fashioned snow plow or a hot chunk of cast iron. Either way, we think it’s pretty darned cool. Er, hot.

On another hot topic: a Little Free Library has opened up in Bay View! You should definitely check it out if you’re in the neighborhood. It’s got a beautiful and thoughtful nautical theme, right down to the buoys on the side. If you’ve got time, check out the old fish shacks nearer to Hodgkins Cove next door – there are buoys on those, too!