A few weeks ago one of my best friends told me about the Little Free Libraries – the adorable little “take a book, leave a book” nooks that people are putting in their front yards and in public places to encourage the exchange of books in their communities. The popularity of the Little Free Libraries has grown leaps and bounds, with Libraries popping up everywhere and interest in the Libraries coming in from all corners of the globe.
I loved the idea and I was surprised to see that we didn’t have any in my city. Not a single one.
Of course I wanted one of my own for my yard – I’m a lifelong reader, and I’m now beginning the journey towards a love of books with my two year old son. But why have one Little Free Library in Waukesha, Wisconsin when we can have two? Or ten? Or thirty? And why not have them in locations where people could really, really use some books? Like the food pantry? Or at a shelter?
Why not, indeed? I wanted to make it happen, but the Libraries cost money. The structures are works of art in themselves, and they are sturdy and weather resistant. And the Libraries require books – while the idea is “take a book, leave a book,” each Library needs an initial “seed” to get started.
That’s where you come in. Are you inspired to help out? Please see my campaign page to find out how you can donate. Every little bit helps. If we reach our donation goal, we’ll be able to place a Little Free Library outside of our local food pantry, inside a family shelter, and with a community group. If you can’t donate money, please consider spreading the word – Tweet the campaign page, post on Facebook, blog about it, and talk to your friends. If you are local to Waukesha, consider making a donation of books – you can contact me for more information on that. If you feel inspired to do something similar for your own community, let’s talk – I have some ideas for you.
Books are important. Literacy is key, and the love of books is contagious. I can attest to that: I have started taking my son to the library twice a week for his books, and on each visit I pick up a few books for myself. My husband is rarely without his Kindle Fire, and I often wake up to see the glow of an e-book illuminating his face in the wee hours of the morning. Let’s make sure that everyone gets to experience this joy – let’s give the gift of books.
For more information:
My Indiegogo Campaign Page (donate here!)
The Little Free Libraries Page
Journal Sentinel Article on the Little Free Libraries
Wisconsin State Journal Article