Chances are, you’ve seen a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. At first glance, they may look like over-sized birdhouses, but these little libraries are actually points of light in communities, promoting literacy, creating community, and cultivating a love of reading.
What is a Little Free Library?
These libraries are more than just a box of books. According to their official website, Little Free Libraries “are hand-crafted structures that contain constantly changing collections of books donated and shared by people of all ages and backgrounds.” Each library is one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, and maintained by the neighbors right in your own community. As of August 2018, there are over 70,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 85 countries! Their motto is “Take a Book, Return a Book, ” so the selection is always new. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt because you never know what kind of fun books you will discover!
Find a Little Free Library Near You!
With so many libraries spread all over the country, how are you supposed to find one? No need to wander the streets looking for one, although, it would be a great way to meet your neighbors! Use the map found here to find a Little Free Library near you. Then get out there, explore your community and grow a love of reading in your family.
Interested in starting your own Little Free Library?
Check out their website for more information on how to put one of these adorable community-building resources in your own backyard. Get your kids involved in the building process and have fun!