Gnorman's Little Free Library of Distinction

Many folks have been by to see Gnorman's Little Free Library and there will be even more now that the Library has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction!

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The certificate is "Due to its unique design, creative outreach to friends and neighbors and the enthusiasm of its stewards and patrons." according to Todd Bol the Executive Director of Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

The “Boss Ladies,” Jenn Haynes and Gretchen Bedell, commissioned a local boat builder to help them design the mushroom-shaped library, and build a shelf for a golden Gnorman to sit on. Most of the library was built with salvaged, repurposed, or second-hand materials, keeping in line with Work Nimbly's mission of sustainability.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, and anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.

Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; Little Libraries have been called “mini-town squares.”

The mushroom shape was inspired by Work Nimbly's mascot, Gnorman Rockwell, a small teal gnome. Gnorman travels all around the area, visits local businesses, and has grand adventures. When the Boss Ladies wanted to build a Little Free Library "we knew it had to be a place Gnorman would feel happy!" says Gretchen Bedell

"Its been a big hit in the neighborhood and among the local businesses. It's so much fun to see the books that come and go in and out of the library!" says Jenn Haynes

There are other free libraries in Williamsburg and they can be found in the Little Free Library map:

Work Nimbly’s Library can be found at 201 Penniman Road. For more information, go to or email