I’ve been a big fan of Little Free Libraries ever since spotting my first one at the Jersey shore several years ago. These days, I make a point of looking for them both in my own community and when I’m visiting other places. Recently, I discovered one while on a day trip and wanted to take a book, but didn’t have a book with me. Instead, I left a special book mark which I happened to have in my purse. I’ve done that that at other Little Free Libraries too. I’ve also left copies of my own and others’ books!
Lately, I’ve taken to keeping a tote bag by the front door with books to drop off (and space to stow the new treasures I find). My favorite Little Free Library finds include the books pictured below, an eclectic, but fun collection.
Now, in celebration of BOOKS old and new, here are 10 things to LOVE about LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES.
- Little Free Libraries are curated and managed by local people who love books.
- Each Little Free Library structure has a unique design. (Yes, you can order building kits and the Little Free Library website offers building tips, but you can still paint and decorate it in a way that’s one-of-a-kind.)
- The books in Little Free Libraries are FREE!
- Little Free Libraries are a great way to exchange books from your collection with books from other book lovers.
- The inventory in Little Free Libraries is always changing, which means each visit feels brand new.
- Little Free Libraries help ensure that books are accessible everywhere – and you don’t need a library card.
- Perusing the shelves in Little Free Libraries is a great way to discover new books.
- Little Free Libraries are open 24/7 – even during a pandemic!
- There is a world-wide Little Free Library website which includes maps which means you can easily find libraries wherever you are (or even make a special cross-country or transcontinental trip just for that purpose. Yes, people actually do that.) Here’s link to the map.
- You don’t need to return the books! You can, of course, but the idea is to bring another in exchange. (That’s how the inventory stays fresh.)
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