Little Free Library to remember wife, mother
- Article by: SHARON ROZNIK
- Associated Press
- October 21, 2013 - 12:06 AM
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — There's a light that glows on through the night in the yard of Dan Fee.
It is a reminder to the Fond du Lac community and the world that his wife, Kathy Fee, loved books.
"Reading was one of her great passions," Dan Fee said.
The music teacher lost his wife in a car crash shortly before dawn on Aug. 14. She was driving along Highway 23 east of Fond du Lac to her job at Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mount Calvary when another driver forced her off the road.
The loss was sudden and great. At times such as this, it isn't always easy to find fitting ways to pay tribute to a loved one. Nothing ever seems enough.
But then her family remembered something that brought joy to Kathy Fee just days before she died, according to Action Reporter Media (http://fondul.ac/17vBY0V).
"We had gone to Minneapolis to visit her sister Emily (Scribner-O'Pray). Kathy went for a walk in the neighborhood and noticed a little free library. She was smitten with the idea," her husband recalled.
The small free library at 405 S. Marr St. is a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors can share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, it is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book — or two — and bring back another to share.
"Emily said to me that her husband, Michael, will want to make it," Dan Fee said.
The Fee's free library resembles Kathy's childhood home, the house where she grew up in Minneapolis. Last week the two brothers-in-law took shovels and dug deep into the earth on a warm autumn day to set up a strong pole that would hold the little house and the books through Wisconsin's changing seasons.
"The house is unbelievably well-built. Kathy would love it," Dan Fee said.
By the end of 2013, it is estimated there will be 15,000 little Free libraries in 55 countries. So far only 4,000 or so are on the map at littlefreelibrary.org.
Kathy Fee taught elementary music and was a long-term substitute teacher for school districts throughout the area. Growing up she loved John Denver, but later, her favorite music was "anything her students did," her husband observed.
A voracious reader, she gobbled up books and would probably be reading something by Barbara Kingsolver right now in between tasks to clean up her flower garden.
The Fee library is located in the front yard of the Marr Street home. Passersby at night will notice a golden light leading the way.
"This is an act of love," Dan Fee said.
The Fee family includes three children, Peder, Joe and Ellen Fee.
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