Bernheim Forest honored for Little Free Library

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 CLERMONT – Bernheim’s Little Free Library has been recognized as a Little Free Library of Distinction for having a unique or exceptionally creative and inspiring design. 


Bernheim credits Mrs. Fox’s 2017 fourth grade class at Mount Washington Elementary for their vision, and Bernheim member and champion woodworker John Beckner for his expert craftsmanship.

After learning that none of the neighborhood book exchanges existed in Bullitt County, Fox’s class approached the Bernheim education department about locating one at the Bernheim Visitor Center campus. 

Beckner used repurposed materials to build the library and the design includes a living roof to match the LEED Platinum Visitor Center. 

“We couldn’t be prouder of this honor,” said Whitney Wurzel, Bernheim’s Education Director. “This library features nature, science, and art books for people all ages, and Bernheim offers nearly 16,000 acres of reading hideaways.”

Wurzel also thanked the Albert I. Pierce Foundation and Project Learning Tree for their funding for the project.  

Little Free Libraries are neighborhood book exchanges that inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity. 

Millions of books are exchanged each year at Little Free Libraries, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.