Have you heard about the Little Free Libraries that have popped up in communities across the country? Over 10,000 at last count? We decided to find a few near us and pay them a visit. The purpose of these tiny hubs is to create a social exchange through a common shared love of reading. How perfect for our "Bookish" theme this month!
Anyone can build one and install it in front of their home. Started in 2009 by Todd Bol in Wisconsin, the idea is that you build a box (as elaborate or simple as you like) to house used books, place it outside and offer it up as a place to exchange your reading materials with friends and neighbors.
On the Little Free Library website, you can read the story behind the project, get help starting your own library and even buy a ready-made box if you don't want to make your own. Our favorites are the Urban Reader and the British Telephone Booth models. There are also kits for you to throw a Neighborhood Building Party.
Finding these libraries felt like a treasure hunt. We were laughing at how excited we were when the little boxes turned up exactly where they said they would be. We left a book in each of them and went home with a few new ones for ourselves.
We encourage you to see if there are any near you and visit them! If not, maybe you'll consider starting a Little Free Library in your neck of the woods. If you do, let us know. We'd love to post photos of your library boxes on our website!
Have fun and happy treasure hunting!
xoxo Karen June & Zandra