I first heard of the Little Free Library movement about a year ago, and I have to admit, I was intrigued. I could see immediately so many benefits from having a LFL on your street. Then, as these things happen, I went to Fredericksburg, VA to tour homes open during Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
Belmont, the home and studio of artist Gary Melcher was one of those open for Garden Week. And what do you suppose was in the grounds of Belmont? A Little Free Library! Now my interest was peeked and over the past year I have
stalked followed Little Free Library. So…if you don’t know about Little Free Library, I found this charming quote on their website:
It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!
The concept for Little Free Library began in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher, who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said:
* FREE BOOKS *
Initially a goal was set to build 2,500 Libraries. This goal was reached in August of 2012, a year and a half before the original target date. By January of 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world is conservatively estimated to be between 10,000 and 12,000, with thousands more being built. Can you imagine? People must really love to read…I find this so encouraging. And what a great way to recycle the books you have read and loved – share them with your neighbors!
So…is there a Little Free Library in your neighborhood? You can find out easily by clicking here or on the MAP tab on the LFL website. Better yet, would you consider having your OWN Little Free Library? Do let me know! I would love to see pictures!