Have you seen a “Little Free Library” in your neighborhood? At the recent Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts Annual Conference, the model shown was displayed as just one example. This was would be for indoor use, but most are outside in neighborhood front yards!
In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled his little school house with books and put it on a post in his front yard. Then he built several more and gave them away. They all included a sign that advertised the free books inside. The little libraries became a movement when Rick Brooks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, saw Bol’s project. The two began to discuss how this could become a larger effort. They determined that their mission would be, “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”
The original goal was to have 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie—and keep going. By January of this year, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 25,000, with thousands more being built.
What a great way to share and reuse books! Want one in your yard? Here’s everything you need to know to have your own Little Free Library.