Last month I was taking my baby granddaughter for a walk in her stroller in my neighborhood, and went down a street I hadn't walked on before. Was I glad I did! I made a discovery that made my heart leap with joy! Do you see the little elevated window box that is next to the mailboxes in the photo above?
It was a "Little Free Library" box!
I have seen this type of free library on other blogs and in online articles, but I never expected to see one here in my community! It's an honor system of "take a book (or two!) and leave a book (or two!)." Usually, someone in a community who has heard about this program, (read the history of it on this link), and will either build a box or buy one, and then register it with the Little Free Library Organization and be its steward. Sometimes stewards do this in memory of someone who was a avid reader/book lover, or they themselves are book lovers, and they will pay for start up on their own, or they find sponsors to help support their cause. Sometimes a local organization which wants to promote literacy will have one built and their members take turns at stewardship. What ever the reason, it is a wonderful asset to have in a community!
The Little Free Library in my community is a mix of children's literature and adult literature, both paperbacks and hard cover books. So far I've read and returned three books. I hope to contribute more books to the collection as soon as I can. For someone like myself, who walked almost weekly to my local library to pick out new books to read, this has been such a joy! My local public library is now about five miles away, so having this little library just a few minutes from my house has been much easier for me to check frequently. I never know what kind of books I will find inside--it is so much fun!
Is there a Little Free Library near you? To find out check this Google map, and or look at the state by state, and country by country, locations on the left sidebar of the link. The Little Free Library movement has also spread to locations around the world, so if you look at the Google map above, just scroll the page to the left to see where they are in the eastern hemisphere.
To see how easy it is to have your own Little Free Library look at this short video:
Little Free Library Story from Beargrass Media on Vimeo.
I'm so glad to see this trend in sharing books and the love of reading! Do you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood? Have you read a book lately that you would recommend to give as a gift for Christmas?