Little lending libraries, or "Book Nooks," around Leesville, now contain more than just books.

Little lending libraries, or "Book Nooks," around Leesville, now contain more than just books.

Last weekend, Tony McDonald, coordinator for GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN, added sidewalk chalk to six of the 20 Book Nooks in the city. Eventually, he hopes to make the chalk available at other locations, but not all of them have a safe area of flat concrete near them, he said.

In October of 2016, the little lending library project came to fruition. These Book Nooks were originally suggested by Leila Pollard, volunteer and activist in the Leesville Main Street program. She and McDonald, spear-headed the project, developing designs, plans, and funding ideas to make Book Nooks a reality.

Book Nooks are weatherproof boxes which have been decorated by 20 local and regional artists.

The Leesville Rotary Club sponsors a kids' chalk area, called "Chalk-a-Block," during MayFest. GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN helps out with the activity. "This was just a natural tie-in," said McDonald.

Chalk-a-Block, via Book Nooks, is a collaborative, community art project, which relies on the honor system. The idea is that children and parents can remove chalk from Book Nooks, have fun decorating the sidewalk, then put the chalk back for others to enjoy.

Chalk can be found in Book Nooks at the following locations-- Polk Outdoor Theater on East Texas Street, Main Street Farmer’s Market on South Third Street; Texas Street Pocket Park, Magnolia Art Park, on Abe Allen Drive, the MLK Community Center on North Gladys Stree, and across from Celebrations on Third Street.