Sometime last fall I happened upon a photo of a Little Free Library. The idea is that a steward starts the tiny collection, cares for the LFL, and encourages the community to get involved. The official motto is, “Always a gift, never for sale,” and people may take a book and/or return a book. After reading more about LFLs at the Little Free Library website, I knew I wanted one in my front yard. So when my family asked what I’d like for Christmas, that was my answer. My son built one for me, painting it TARDIS blue, and presented it to me on Christmas Day.
There’s lots of foot traffic in our neighborhood, though not so much in winter, and we also needed approval from our HOA before installing it. A bout of bronchitis and bad weather caused a delay in installation. It wasn’t until this past Saturday that we finally got it installed and filled. As my husband and I were attaching the box to the post, a neighbor who was driving by rolled down her window to chat about it. A few minutes later another neighbor had already heard about the Little Free Library and walked over with a favorite book to share. It was the first one we put inside.
Mine is only one of over 250,000 located in the U. S. and 70 other countries, and I’m proud to be part of the movement. There are lots of photos of LFLs on their FB page if you’d like to see more examples.
To find out how you can start a Little Free Library, go to: http://littlefreelibrary.org/getinvolved/.