Have you heard of Little Free Libraries?
They are a form of community book exchange which started in the USA with the goal of establishing 2150 little free libraries (which was more than the number of free libraries established by Andrew Carnegie). That goal has been well and truly exceeded and it is thought that well over a million and a half books a year are donated and borrowed through the system.
The idea is to build or buy a little structure which can contain a shelf or two of books. You stick this up in your garden near the footpath, so that neighbours or passers-by can stop and borrow. Most provide a notebook and pencil so that borrowers can record loans and also make comments on books they have borrowed and read. Borrowers do not always return the same book – they might replace it with something different. The idea is that you ‘take a book, leave a book’. It’s a good aim to provide variety in your wee library – books for children, a thriller or two, some non-fiction etc.
The scheme aims to promote literacy and a love of books. The non-profit organisation is based in Wisconsin and you can register your Little Free Library with them for a small fee and have it feature on their website. You then get a Little Free Library sign. There are now LFLs in over 40 countries and they come in a fabulous range of designs, from a Dr Who Tardis one, to a Green Gables replica.
I’d love to have one in my front garden, but the railings of a Paddington terrace house do make it rather difficult to set one up with easy public access. You might like to consider having one as a new project for 2017?
Have you ever borrowed from a Little Free Library, or better still do you happen to have one already? Tell me about your experiences by leaving a comment.
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