I fell in love the first moment I saw a newspaper story about Little Free Libraries. The fact that Little Free Libraries were “born” in Wisconsin made it even more exciting. Then, my handyperson posted a picture of an LFL he’d just installed, I called and asked him to make me one too. Overhearing my request, an employee suggested perhaps this would be a project his dad would like to do, and he did! He built Little Free Library #6387, now one of more than 50,000 worldwide! #6387 is just one city block from the large and very popular Roverwest Dog Park and activity is always lively of both donations and takeaways! While dog parents stop, we offer treats for dogs who wait patiently (and often PULL their walkers to the treats). We are an urban neighborhood of single and multifamily homes. Our Facebook page, Little Free Libraries of Riverwest (https://www.facebook.com/Little-Free-Libraries-of-Riverwest-550234955060355/), is bordered by the Milwaukee River in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our libraries have lots of active traffic and contributions of magazines, puzzles, videos, DVDs but mostly wonderful books of all genres and interests.
I have loved LFL's for several years! All 9 of my grandkids and one great grand, surprised me with a LFL for my 70'th birthday! My oldest granddaughter is a co Steward with me. It was built with love and care by my son-in-law and has brought so much joy to my life!! So many generously donated books! We love our visitors...who make our LFL magical! Please visit our FB page @ Cumberland's Awesome House of Books!!
I am getting ready to install a Little Free Library in the Adirondacks (when the snow melts and the ground softens)! I look forward to sharing my love for reading with other residents - summer folks and locals. I have already gotten so much support for the idea and the books are rolling in. The row boat theme is perfect for the surroundings. The LFL website was so helpful!
This is one of the best volunteer gigs I've ever had. It totally aligns with my values & interests & aside from a little disagreement with one neighbor who didn't care for my emphasis on general interest books (she'd slipped in something that was of a conservative religious nature -- not my goal), people in our neighborhood have been very supportive & happy that my husband & I installed it. We've had great responses in the little notebook we leave out there, and I enjoy weeding & restocking the LFL from time to time... and seeing what people say about it. It's a lot of fun! I appreciate the support & info this nonprofit offers!
I love their mission and support! When I found out about Little Free Libraries, I immediately wanted to have my own and spread the love of reading. I researched information on how to do it and found their resources to be amazing. They have a Facebook page which is interesting and helpful as well as a Facebook page for stewards with great sharing of ideas and tips for having your own successful LFL.
I have two Little Free Libraries -- one in rural Clatsop County on the north Oregon coast and one in suburban Portland, Oregon.
Both my libraries get regular use, and folks leave lovely comments in our visitor log.
It's a wonderful way to encourage reading and exchange of books, and make our neighborhoods a little bit richer.
Whatever a reader's tastes, they'll always be a book that appeals in our library!
Little Free Libraries is a remarkable idea that has been embraced in thousands of communities worldwide. By making books free to share between neighbors, a little free library is a sign that "caring people live in this neighborhood." While every LFL is a delightful expression of its owner's creativity, all share essential values:
1) literacy is the foundation of democracy
2) that knowledge is for sharing
3) sharing a book is more satisfying than owning it.
There is still much room for growth. The passion of the founder and the admin team is infectious. This team pours forth new ideas to enliven the 50,000 stewards and enrich their communities. Role: Professional with expertise in this field
We have very diverse socioeconomic levels in central Florida. We have Heathrow, Sweetwater, and Islesworth replete with good schools, access to book stores, libraries, and private transportion. Then we have Pine Hills, South Apopka, and Parramore with limited access to the Internet, lack of funds for buying books, and barriers to getting library books.
How can we fix these barriers to health, hope, and a good future? Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods where people frequent and by their homes will encourage them to expand their literacy levels, improve their education, and better their careers.
Our town had no library, so a LFL located across the street in a city park seemed like a good idea. It's been a terrific way to cycle books from a fairly extensive library--I'm an English teacher--into the community. I rarely see those who frequent the library, but I was thrilled to hear on a bus ride home one evening, "My family loves the Little Free Library."
This has been the most amazing thing that has happened in my neighborhood since Stephen King moved in! People love the library, and take very good care of it. They are grateful for the children's books. There are many people living in the neighborhood without much extra to spend on books - and they are the ones who leave the most amazing notes in the guest book. With the struggles that families have making ends meet, the ability to bring extra books home to read - and actually to keep if they want to - is very very needed in today's climate.
Our church in Saint Paul, MN was searching for a way to reach out to the community and a member was kind enough to build us a Little Free Library to mount by the sidewalk. Church members who live across from the church observe that many neighbors stop to browse. It is placed near the children's playground so handy for parents supervising their young ones playing. When I check it to tidy and resupply, I am always happy to see that interesting books have been left by the walkers for others to read. On the side of the LFL, a weather-proof container is attached which offers the church monthly brochure of activities.
So, did I have lots of books to share!!! My house is stuffed with books. So, when I heard about LFL from my daughter, one of my friend's sons had learned how to build Little Free Libraries in a community project and helped me build one too, using recycled stuff from Community Forklift. And, I stocked it up with books from my house. I registered it and got lots of good ideas from the website about how to manage my library. Then, lo and behold, people started contributing books too, and kids would come by and I would hear parents say,"no, only two." Now when I am out in the community and people don't know where I live I say, I have the blue Little Free Library and their faces light up. The founder of LFL came through last year and I had a chance to meet him along with other LFL librarians. It was really inspiring to hear him talk about getting a library out in front of every police department in the country. Such a great community-building tool, and a great way to recycle books I have already read!
In January of 2015, I had never heard of Little Free Libraries. Then I came across a picture of a Little Free Library on facebook, so I did a little free Googling and found this incredible organization. Here we are in March of 2017 and my Community of 30,000 amazing, generous, kind and dedicated people now has more than 80 chartered Little Free Libraries in our little 5 square mile city. The Little Free Library organization (which we refer to as our Mothership) has been truly inspirational, ridiculously supportive, helpful in the extreme and a big part of why we are so close to achieving our goal of having a Little Free Library within safe and easy walking distance of every Neighbor in Lake Worth, Florida.
In 2013 my husband built me a book exchange to share my extra books with the neighbors and friends, then we came across a Little Free Library and I did some research and decided I wanted to be part of this wonderful organization so I registered my Library got my charter number and became a part of this wonderful movement, also I was asked if I would be interested in volunteering by vetting stewards to the new Facebook page -I was just starting retirement and this was a great way to spend my time. Now I am part of the 50000 Little Free Libraries that are giving a sense of community, reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the world .