“Take a book, return a book” is the mantra that rings true to bookworms all around the world who are interacting with Little Free Libraries. Since the birth of the first little library in Wisconsin circa 2009, the growth and prevalence of these tiny structures are astounding. As of 2017, there are 60,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all U.S. states and over 80 countries. They come in all different shapes and sizes, showcasing the unique, personal touches of their creators.
Little Free Libraries, however, are more than just creating a gift-sharing network for the common good. It’s part of a social movement inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s goal of the 20th century to fund the creation of 2,508 free public libraries across the English-speaking world. These libraries are more than an educational resource. They aim to inspire communities to embrace the arts, share their stories, and encourage literacy practices.
We simply cannot get enough of these adorable little libraries, so we’ve created a list of the 20 Little Free Libraries that have stolen our hearts.
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Another Little Free Library in my neighborhood, spotted on a walk with a friend. I live near 4, actually. I love how enormous this one is. Also saw the owner repainting it one day so it clearly has pride of place. I definitely fall into the ‘book liberator’ camp … if you love a book, set it free and pass it on … so I am happy seeing Little Free Libraries around town. #littlefreelibrary #myweekof2017 #rhodereaders
The next time you stumble upon one of these charming little gems, hopefully you’ll have a better understanding of the motive behind the movement. Curious to know where the Little Free Libraries are around you? Check out the world map of all the Little Free Libraries that have been registered within the system.
The Little Free Libraries are made possible by direct donations from individuals and organizations to Little Free Library’s Impact Library Program. If you want to learn more about this program and how you can help bring a little library to your community, check out the Little Free Library website.
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