Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Little Free Library Book by Margaret Aldrich


Have you ever spotted a Little Free Library - a box of books on a post with a sign that says "take a book, return a book" when you are driving around a neighborhood or on a trip and wondered what they are?  The Little Free Library Book, which was recently published explains the history and philosophy of Little Free Libraries, shows photos of Little Free Libraries all over the world, gives you instructions on how to get started building and launching your own Little Free Libraries, including professional blueprints, and is filled with stories from "stewards" or caretakers who have Little Free Libraries.

There are more than twenty-five thousand Little Free Libraries all over the world and in 2012 Little Free Library was established as an official nonprofit organization. It's amazing to learn that "conservative estimates from Little Free Library say that in a single year, more than 35 million books are traded." There are many ways to get a LFL: order one that's already built from the littlefreelibrary.org website, order a kit on the littlefreelibrary.org website that you can put together yourself, or you can build one with your own plans and ideas. To make your LFL official, you register it at littlefreelibrary.org and you receive an official charter number with a sign that gets attached to your library. On the LFL website you can find a world map that shows where Little Libraries can be found. In four years the Little Free Libraries have become a global movement and have been very instrumental in increasing literacy and a love of reading, especially in small towns that don't have a public library.


I always get excited when I come upon a Little Free Library in my travels, so I was thrilled when I heard that this book was being published. The Little Free Library Book is the kind of book that brings a smile to your face. There are many inspiring stories from the stewards of the LFLs and the photos are top-notch. You will love the wonderful quotes and sidebars that are scattered throughout the book and seeing how creative people are in building their LFLs. I especially enjoyed the idea that LFLs help to promote a feeling of community in neighborhoods. The book has sparked my interest in building a LFL for my new house and maybe it will do the same for you!

If you enjoyed The Free Library Book you might like to check out The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson.

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