How cute are these things?
The idea behind the Little Free Library is to use recycled and repurposed materials to build a small house-shaped box where people in the community can leave and borrow used books. A tiny, free lending library, if you will.
The project began about two years ago when a man wanted to do something to honor his book-loving/teacher mom. He began building these things and the idea took off… around the world!
I’ve personally never seen one of these mini-libraries, but apparently they are popping up all over the place. You can either build your own or order a custom pre-made house-box from the Little Free Library organization.
The book-lending boxes are located in people’s front yards, in front of parks, businesses, and along trails and pathways.
People might ask – how are these things so different from a regular library or a book lending shelf at a coffee shop?
Well, I say, it’s because of the unique abode-like form of these things – people just love a cute house! And people ADORE a tiny house filled with books!
Plus, the Little Free Libraries are ALWAYS open – unlike a public library, or a cafe. You can jaunt by at 3:00 am and grab a used copy of The Grapes of Wrath.
There’s just something universally appealing about a little doll house filled with books.
For more information about starting your own Little Free Library, see here.