Have you seen a Little Free Library on a lawn or stoop near you? If not then just wait. The dollhouse-sized structures originated two years ago as one man's homage to his book-loving teacher mom, and since then hundreds have cropped up worldwide.
The principle of the book swap is nothing new, but revitalizing an interest in books, increasing access to reading materials and planting these in neighborhoods everywhere is what makes this project so special.
Little Free Library uses recycled materials; libraries have been made using barn wood and old cranberry crates. In New Orleans several libraries have been constructed using Katrina debris.
Little Free Library has a righteous mission:
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!
Last week Abby speculated that you probably have too many books, and this is a wonderful and generous way to clear out some space, promote literacy, and engage in community building. Want to get in on the action? Visit Little Free Library where you can donate to the organization, order a little library or find plans to build your own.
(Image: Little Free Library)