Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A LITTLE FREE LIBRARY in My Neighborhood or Yours!

I was out for a walk around my West Los Angeles neighborhood the other day and discovered that one of my neighbors has put up a library box in front of their house.  It is full of books free for the taking. You can also contribute books to share with the community. I had heard about the free library movement, but this was the first time I had seen it near me.
The Little Free Library movement was started by a group of  builders, stewards, book donors, borrowers, neighbors and friends in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The mission of this movement as stated on the main website is:
  •     To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
  •     To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations
  •     To build more than 2,510 libraries around the world – more than Andrew Carnegie!
Inspired by this noble mission a group of people have begun to build a network of Little Free Libraries in the West Los Angeles area. If you are interested in becoming a librarian by building a little free library at your home, school or community center, please contact the Little Free Library for more information.

2 comments:

Amy Goldman Koss said...

I'd love to put one up on my street.... but they cost $$.

Lee C. Harold said...

They don't have to cost a lot. While I splurged on one from the company, my mother whipped one up from a crate, a thick strip of plastic for the front, and a couple of pieces of plywood for the roof. It has become a highlight of her neighborhood since she installed it in April.