Thursday, September 08, 2011

Little Free Library: Making books accessible for everyone

I came across this article from UTNE Reader:
http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Little-Free-Libraries-Are-Coming-To-Town.aspx

It's about a couple of fellows in Wisconsin who are building little tiny birdhouse sized libraries that offer free books to the community. Ideally, in a perfect world patrons leave a contribution when they take a book or return books that they've borrowed, but there's no requirement to do so. There's no library card, no due date - just book karma and enjoyment. I LOVE the concept and would love to see something like this come to my community - it might inspire folks to pick-up a book they wouldn't otherwise discover in the stacks of their regular public library or browsing on Amazon and we all know there's NOTHING like finding an unexpected fantastic novel (or audiobook). Kudos to Rick Brooks and Todd Bol! Anyone want to sponsor one in Vermont?

Gallery of Little Free Libraries:
http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/order-a-little-library.html

1 comment:

jodistone said...

I love this idea! How beneficial would it be in the big cities for children who might not have the opportunity to own a book of their own or even go to the library.

I'm wondering where in my community I might set one of these up. I'm thinking about all the books I loved as a child. Ah, you took me back for a moment. :-)