July 14th, 2014

Every Neighborhood Needs a Little Free Library

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A few days ago I went on a walk with my sister and stumbled upon this Little Free Library. Have you seen one in your neighborhood? What an amazing concept.Groovy Green Livin Little Free Library

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” philosophy where neighbors share their favorite books.  In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone can stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. 

Have you seen them in your neighborhood?

I recently found one in my neighborhood, just outside our local bike shop. It’s been there for about three months and according the bike store owner it’s getting a lot of action.

How to Add a Little Free Library to the Map

If you’re curious and want to know if there’s a Little Free Library in your neck of the weeks take a look at this map. Not every Little Free Library is on the list, since someone has to manually enter each library.

To add a new library to the list be sure that your library has an official charter sign and number. If you do not have one, you can order one on the  Make It Official page. There is a one-time payment of $34.95 per Library. If you already have your charter sign, then all you need to do is fill out to the register your library on the map form. 

Did you Hear About This?

Kansas family put up a Little Free Library in their front yard and then received a letter from a town official stating that their Little Free Library was  in violation of the town code which bans any freestanding structures or buildings that are not attached to a person’s house. Say what?

Rather than immediately fighting the violation, the family voluntarily removed  the library from their front lawn and then started a petition which over 22,ooo people signed. Good news! The Kansas town where this took place is now allowing Little Free Libraries! One more example of how consumer pressure really can make a difference.

Is there a Little Free Library near you?

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17 Responses to “Every Neighborhood Needs a Little Free Library”

  1. I have seen them online but not in person. That’s really cool that you have one near you! Such a cool idea.

  2. What a great idea! I have never seen one of those before.

  3. I know-what a great idea! Marsha, I was thinking it would be amazing to have a Little Free Library for kids books too.

  4. Lisa, now that you’ve seen one I’m guessing you’ll notice them in random spots. I was surprised to see one in my neighborhood.

  5. I would love to have these in my neighborhood. All the local Starbucks in our area do this in the store and our local pool has a huge collection of childrens books and adult books that are for borrowing and trading.

    Still I wish there were some of these around town… I think it would be fun for the kids especially to find them and see what is in them.
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  6. There is one in the downtown area of our city. LOVE this idea and I would love to do it here.
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  7. We have two in our lovely town of Asheville! I’ve tasked hubby to build one in our front yard. Thanks for posting about the directory!
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  8. Love that you published this growing trend…we have several in our small community and I LOVE how they are used and spreading!

  9. I have seen this in a neighborhood not far from my house and I was wondering how it worked. Love the idea have plenty of books kids included to share. Thanks

  10. I agree Saniel. Such a lovely concept. The few that I saw didn’t seem to have kids books. Happy to hear yours does.

  11. Thanks Becca. I’m noticing them everywhere now. I remember seeing one in Israel when I was there this year.

  12. I’d love to see a photo Andrea if you end up putting one in your front yard. Very cool!

  13. Hey Jen, Glad to hear there’s one downtown. Are you thinking of putting one in your neighborhood? I would love to see a photo if you end up doing it.

  14. Hi Leigh, My kids love spotting one. We have yet to add or borrow a book since they’re newly discovered. Time to bring them to your neighborhood?

  15. We have one in Jamaica Plain near the co-op! The selection changes pretty much daily – people definitely use it. Love the idea.

  16. I really want to put one up I just don’t know where the best place would be. We have the community mailbox on part of our property so I could put one there….hmmm summer project!
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  17. Might work well next to the community mailbox Jen. I’m guessing most people stop by daily!

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