Little Free Libraries sit in people’s yards, on bike paths, and in parks. They allow anyone to help themselves to a free book. In exchange, you simply return a book. The mission of Little Free Libraries is to promote literacy and the love of reading as well as to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
I love everything about these little libraries and their mission. They add a little happiness and whimsy to a neighborhood. Each one is different and many are very colorful and creative. I can’t help but smile every time I discover a new one. I love watching the neighborhood children peek into the window of the little house to see if there are any new books. The concept is a testament to the creative spirit.
In 2009, a Hudson, Wisconsin man named Todd Bol built a little model of a one room schoolhouse and filled it with free books as a tribute to his mother, a former teacher who loved reading. He put it on a post in his front yard where it quickly became popular. Encouraged, he built a few more little houses and gave them to others who agreed to host little free libraries in their yards. The movement grew in popularity and today there are over 25,000 Little Free Libraries in countries all over the world.
I love the simplicity of Little Free Libraries. The idea was started with no venture capital, no board of directors and no list of rules and regulations. There was no marketing budget- just word of mouth. It shows that one person can make the world a better place and we can all take part-one little house at a time.
I visit the Little Free Library in my neighborhood regularly. I often contribute more books than I take, but I always feel that my books are going to a really good cause. I love contributing to something that encourages community engagement. Little Free Libraries are a perfect example of my motto in action: living simply, happily and well.
If you’d like to find a Little Free Library in your area, add a new library, or learn more about Little Free Libraries, you can visit their website at littlefreelibrary.org. They are little, free and fabulous. What’s not to love about that?