Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Little Free Library Movement

Have you noticed these cute, little mini-libraries popping up in your neighborhood?  I have counted three so far in mine.
Some of them match the architecture of the homes they stand in front of, others are more fanciful. I think they are adorable!
It's all part of the Little Free Library movement. It was started by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin and has quickly spread across the United States and beyond.
Visitors to the Little Free Libraries can borrow a book, bring it back, and sometimes even add a book of their own!  Isn't that a great idea?  I am in the process of making one, myself.  I have WAY too many books, most languishing in my basement...why not share them with my neighbors?

For more information on Little Free Libraries click here. or visit Maybe you will want one, too?


minifleur said...[Reply]

Hi John,
It is a great idea for sharing books that you no longer want on your shelves! One of our neighbours has one on our street!
Perhaps, it should go on my "to do" list as well - just not sure when I will get to it - the "to do" list is so long!

Catherine said...[Reply]

It is the fist time I have heard of it. It is a wonderful idea. I can't wait to see the one you are making.

The Old Maid said...[Reply]

Sweet idea and nice houses! Thanks for sharing!
Big hug

Steinworks said...[Reply]

Oh John that's a great idea I have a few books that I'd love to put in a little bookshare house (the first one would be those 50 shades of gray books what a waste)


John said...[Reply]

LOL, Marisa! That book showed up in one of my neighbor's library and caused a bit of a scandal...

The grandmommy said...[Reply]

I have heard of this but have yet to see one. Looking forward to it.

Gee said...[Reply]

It is a lovely idea and so creative!
I think if I would do that, in front of my house, people would steal the books AND the library.And I don't even live in a 'bad' neighbourhood.
I'm impressed by the fact that apparently Americans are a lot more honest.


Elizabeth S said...[Reply]

Hi John! I think that this is a MARVELOUS idea! I think that everyone should read more books and when they are presented in such an irresistible way, it will make the commitment to do so that much more appealing! And I am sure that the structure that You will make, will end up being another work of Art!


Brad said...[Reply]

Hello John,

I can't wait to see what you create for your free library! I'm sure it will be absolutely fabulous. Thank you for all your help and suggestions. You are a font of knowledge my friend.

All best,

Pepper said...[Reply]

What an absolutely lovely idea. In England we are fighting to keep libraries open. We should adopt this idea =0)

Simon said...[Reply]

What a great idea John, and they are sooo cute! I like the with the planted roof.
Show us a pic of yours when it's ready - a mini version of Merriman Park??

Wyrna Christensen said...[Reply]

What a brilliant and decorative idea. It is not seen in Denmark yet, maybe I should start it, in our cottage area.
In Denmark, books are very expensive, we are a small country of only 5.6 million people, so a book which, only can be sold in Denmark has its challenges. The Book market is also squeezed, because we are now reading our books on iPad.

A really good idea. Thanks for sharing knowledge about these free libraries

Liduina said...[Reply]

Hey John, thanks for sharing pictures of this fantastic "movement"! Such a brilliant idea to make a tiny house, like some kind of mailbox, and put books in it. In my apartment block we have a huge bookcase on the groundfloor near the elevators for the exhange of books, but it doesn't look as cute as the tiny houses you have shown in this post. Please show us your bookcase-house when finished!

AM said...[Reply]

Hey John, what an amazing idea! And the presetation/look of these mini libraries is really inviting. It sparks your imagination and makes you wanna take a peek inside and barrow a book. During my trip I swapped a lot of books in the hostels I stayed. It saves a lot of weight in you backpack. You bring one book with you and when your finished you swap it for another. Lot's of people leave a little comment/note in the book. gr. AM

Ilona said...[Reply]

John, this is a precious idea, I like it! Those library houses look gorgeous, if possible I would love to participate. But unfortunately I have to agree with Gee: here in The Netherlands the house and its content would be vanish one second after you left it ;)!
Hugs, Ilona

Troy said...[Reply]

Great Idea! This hasn't spread to Oklahoma yet. Some of those little houses are pretty creative. Thanks for the post.

Nina in Germany said...[Reply]

Genial !!!

jeffry said...[Reply]

Hi John,
What a wonderfull idea to share your books with others and it's a nice addition to your garden as well.

Josje said...[Reply]

Such a wonderful initiative!
I'd love to see you make your own little free library. I have visions of a miniature Library of Congress ;-)

Anna said...[Reply]

Oh, how I love LFLs...alas, it's not possible to put one up where I currently live.

Someday I'd like to build one in the style of an English country house and fill it with P.G. Wodehouse books ;)

Jeri Elsner said...[Reply]

I haven't heard of this before! I think it would be very cool for my neighborhood group. Perhaps we could fund having you build a "mini-library" for us? I'll talk to you about this later...Thanks for sharing. GREAT idea!!

Iris March said...[Reply]

Oh John, how wonderful!! Those libraries are precious and the idea behind them is great!!

I can't wait to see your Mini-library.


Giac said...[Reply]

Hello John,
What a great way to share a book collection! It is such a great idea! I look forward to seeing your mini library.
Big hug,

Andy said...[Reply]

Hey John!

what a great idea, those book libraries look so cute! I'm not sure they would be big enough for all the books I need to give away though!! ;)

Andy xxx

Fi.P said...[Reply]

Hello my lovely,

I'm just catching up!

I think this is such a wonderful idea! I find these sort of stories so heart warming, communities joining together to to share enjoyment. It makes me feel like some of the old love thy neighbour still exists in this world.

Best story I have heard in ages!


P.S And they are so cute!!

miraclechicken said...[Reply]

I have heard of these a couple years back, but never saw them anywhere for real. Such cute little "houses"---

Norma said...[Reply]

It's a great idea that I've never seen before. There are 'footpath libraries' in the major cities of Australia - donated books are taken to places where homeless people congregate in the evenings which I really like.

Plushpussycat said...[Reply]

Hi John, We have these in our area too. I love to see them. You've shown some great examples of architectural styles--what fun! xo Jennifer