Do you know about Little Free Libraries? I first read about them in Writer’s Digest, and then again at a conference I went to last Friday. I was lying in bed reading WD and was so charmed by them that accidentally woke my husband by exclaiming over them. Now I want to put one up!
When I was a child, I did not have access to a library. My parents had books, scads of them, but they were just occasionally obtained odd box lots. I lusted after books. Sadly, the few books on the shelves at my grammar school were uninspiring and we were not encouraged to take them home anyway.
When I was in high school the state started a library that loaned books through the mail, and I was delighted! They printed a catalog and you sent in your card to request the books you wanted. I was always delighted to come home and find out what books had come in the mail for me.
So, what is a Little Free Library? It’s this:
(Image from http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/little-free-library-originals.html .)
Yes, you erect a little box not much bigger than a birdhouse in your yard to encourage people to take a book and return it when they are finished reading it.
The irony about my wanting one is that we live less than a block from the library. But I want so badly to go back in time and give my child self books. Perhaps I could partner with a friend of mine who is working diligently to fix up my hometown. They still don’t have a library there, at least not in the rural area where I lived.
In the meantime, I still want to put one up, because I know that some of my students have children who cannot check out books due to fines or lost materials. Perhaps if we put up a library, the gaggle of children who gather a block down to wait for the school bus (or their parents) would stop by for a book. I’d like to think so.
We’ll see if I do or not. What about you, would you consider doing this?
2 thoughts on “I Want to Launch a Little Free Library!”
Yes, I love the idea and know exactly where to put it — down at the farm on the river in western KY in a rural county where no public library exists for twenty miles. The road in front of the place runs along the river and is heavily traveled by people who live in the Hancock County. Thank you for reminding e about these; always loved the idea and so greatly admire Andrew Carnegie for his philanthropy in starting so many Free Pubic Libraries.
Oh Bonnie, that’s AWESOME! I am so happy. Please send or post a picture of it when you put it up. It was 18 miles to “town” where I grew up, and they didn’t have a public library until after I left, so there are still many unserviced youth within those 18 miles. If you need books, let me know and I can put a shout out to my readers and friends to help stock your library!