Have you heard of Little Free Libraries? They've been spreading around the world in the last year or so and are now sprouting up around Toronto in the Annex and Beach neighborhoods. These birdhouse-sized libraries offer free books with the request that if you take a book, you leave a book.
Always open and free of charge, these libraries operate on the honor system. Some of the Little Free Library locations were set up to promote reading among children, while other organizers include popular books for adults.
Monique Richard, a Toronto Little Free Library steward, invested hundreds of dollars to purchase and install a Little Library for which she has frequent return visitors. She keeps her library stocked with recent magazines and bestsellers, including The Help and Fifty Shades of Grey, along with some of her favorite Canadian novels. It's a great alternative to the long waitlists for new books at many public libraries.
Have you seen a Little Free Library? For more information on finding or starting a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, visit the Little Free Library website.
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