Okay, in reality, it popped up six months ago, but when I came across it for the first time last month, it was news to me. I had never seen one before; have you? According to the Little Free Library website, the project began in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a little red schoolhouse and filled it with books in honor of his late mother, a school teacher and avid reader. He placed the structure on his front lawn with a sign encouraging passersby to “Take a Book. Leave a Book.” The spirit of the project, which aims to promote literacy and build stronger communities, spread quickly and today there are an estimated 10,000 little free libraries worldwide. You can click here to see a map and find one near you. If there isn’t one in your community, perhaps you’ll consider building or sponsoring one, like this bright, motivated young lady did in North Carolina. I can’t wait to build one myself – I’ll be using this Traverse City, Michigan one for inspiration!
What a wonderfully simple way to help make the world a better place!