I’m totally falling in love with the Little Free Libraries. The idea is so simple, it actually works: take a book, return a book. It’s cute, it’s clever. It brings a community together, it promotes literacy.
Initiated by Todd Bol in Wisconsin, the first Little Free Library was built in memory of his mother who loved books and loved to share them. The concept was an instant hit in the community and he decided to share his idea through the web. People from everywhere are now building their own Little Free Libraries, contributing to the largest public library network in the world.
In my home town, citizens decided to adopt the model and build their own self-service libraries. Living in a dense urban area, you could think such an initiative would invite vandalism of all sort. Instead, it became a place of interest for the entire community: kids are leaving drawings of fictional characters, people are bringing back cooking books with sample cookies, others are adding post-its of appreciation.
It is said that a library owner once saw his door been taken apart by a stranger. He got out and yelled “Hey, it’s mine!” to which the stranger replied “I know, I’m taking it home to repair it!” And this is how you restore your faith in humanity, one book at the time.
Do you use any Little Free Library in your neighborhood, or do you plan on building one?