Little Free Library

Spotted in Flemington, New Jersey:

Little free library

I had heard of The Little Free Library but had never seen one in person. According to the LFL’s website,

By January of 2015, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 25,000, with thousands more being built.

The website has a map that allows you to search for LFL’s nearby, but nothing is quite within reach — yet. I want one near me! Perhaps this will be my project for the summer. I would happily keep it stocked with worthy volumes. It’s a wonderful way to connect with other readers, even if you never meet them in person. Kind of like a blog.

The goals of the LFLs are:

  • 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.

Mission accomplished: At the Flemington LFL, my small daughter was happy to find a paperback copy of “Arthur’s Eyes” and has read it to herself and to an even smaller friend several times already since we found the LFL yesterday.

The same goals could be implemented on an even smaller scale: maybe it’s as simple as starting a LFL-like book exchange at my workplace. We sure need a bit of fun there. I have seen similar free book depositories at the local post office, the train station, and Starbucks. Do you have anything similar in your world? Are they worth perusing?



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