This is a cool concept–a way to practice the ‘take a book, leave a book’ concept with your neighbors (or maybe anywhere you feel people would benefit?)
The concept started when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin wanted to honor his mom, a former schoolteacher and avid reader. When Todd got together with Rick Brooks, they saw potential and the rest is history:
They were inspired by many different ideas:
- Andrew Carnegie’s support of 2,509 free public libraries around the turn of the 19th to 20th century.
- The heroic achievements of Miss Lutie Stearns, a librarian who brought books to nearly 1400 locations in Wisconsin through “traveling little libraries” between 1895 and 1914.
- “Take a book, leave a book” collections in coffee shops and public spaces.
- Neighborhood kiosks, TimeBanking and community gift-sharing networks
- Grassroots empowerment movements in Sri Lanka, India and other countries worldwide.
This idea is a great way to promote literacy, especially in areas where libraries are lacking, and spread literary citizenship.
Ways to get involved in building your own Little Free Library are here.