Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Little Free Library
Somebody emailed me this week with a one-liner telling me to check out Little Free Library. OMG, if I was anywhere near an urban area, I'd have one of these on my place, where people could walk by and exchange a book. Love, love, love this idea!
The idea originated in Madison, WI, and now exists in Indiana and Minnesota as well, but I can see this idea exploding across the country. The designs are priceless. The purpose innovative and charitable. They can be indoors or outdoors. They are little houses holding free books. You walk by, find one you like, and take it. Of course, since people are so good-hearted, they tend to leave one in its place. They are in classrooms, dentist offices, and along roadsides. Mini libraries.
Todd Bol and Rock Brooks originated the idea, and through donations and grants, they've started the idea rolling in Wisconsin. They met while each exploring the benefits of green practices in small businesses. They discovered they shared a commitment to service and improving the quality of community life.
From the website:
The very first Little Library was built in the memory of June A. Bol. It sits in the front yard of a home above the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisconsin. It is meant to look like a one-room school house. It's full of books about gardening and community life. Not a drop of water has trickled inside...but books have come and gone since its first week by the river. Get the idea? Take a book, leave a book. Leave a note!
Each Little Library will have a story and pictures placed on the website. We want the builders, sponsors and stewards (who make sure the Library and its contents are safe and appropriate for your neighborhood) all to have recognition for their contributions.
Within two or three years we expect to have photographs and stories from all over the world. But yours can be among the first! You can inspire others. You can honor someone you respect and admire. Give the gift of knowledge through reading.
Here are some of the designs built already. I can envision these at community centers, in neighborhoods, in parks, in coffee shops, in kids clothing stores, in gardening centers, in animal shelters. The themes are endless. The enterprise is a nonprofit open to charitable donations as well. Groups can auction them off for fundraising. It's a cause, and you can learn more about joining here.
Don't you just love this idea?