My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Little Free Library Ltd, Hudson, WI, USA
When I was getting ready to retire, after 22 years in my position, I was asked what I would like for a retirement gift. I requested a Lending Library and a box of starter books , much to the surprise of my company. I live in a corner lot home with elementary schools on both streets so I have lots of foot traffic when the children are walking to and from school. I had no idea my library would be so popular!
I check the contents every day I am around and find I am constantly refilling it. I have found I add more books than are returned but I am happy to do so. Reading has provided me with much happiness and joy over the years and I hope my library is giving that to the children that are using it.
I have found garage sales, city library book sales and used bookstores a great source for inventory. My favorite used bookstore, when learning I was purchasing books for a lending library gave me free pick of books from their overstock collection at no cost.
I often run a "theme" library for holidays, animals, teddy bears, fairies, etc., and have noticed enthusiasm from the children when they discover I have a lot of books on something they enjoy.
My husband didn't get my enthusiasm for my Little Library until he started checking the inventory with me, now we both pick out the books and keep our library stocked for the children stopping by.
My library reminds me of all my friends from my former workplace and has lasted long after a gift certificate for dinner or some other token for retirement. My gift keeps on giving both to me and the recipients of the books. The Lending Library concept is wonderful!