This is my library, for my neighborhood, by my mailbox in the front yard. The idea is simple: you take a book or you can leave a book. My job as the stewardess is to keep it organized and stocked with reading materials for all ages and interest groups. Even though I promised to help, my handy husband did all the work. He researched and designed the library, built and painted the library and he spent an entire day digging and cementing the foundation for the library. Since everything is a family affair, we asked the kids to join in too. They helped fill the library with books.
This idea isn’t mine to take credit for. There is an organization called Little Free Library. The inspiration came from “Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, (who) built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.” Together Tod and Rick Brooks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “saw opportunities to achieve a wide variety of goals for the common good.”
The website offers free building plans, DIY prefabricated library kits and a map of all the registered Little Free Libraries across the States. Additional information on how to get involved, their blog and uniquely inspiring stories and libraries is also available.
What a wonderful way to give back to the neighborhood and promote literacy! We hope to see lots of neighbors stopping by to grab a book.