Sunday, March 25, 2012

Little Free Library movement!



This is my newest obsession:  putting a Little Free Library in my front yard.  I heard about this idea on NPR a few weeks ago:  individuals building and placing little "libraries" (about the size of a large mailbox or bird house) in their front yards, near a path or sidewalk, stocking them with some books and encouraging neighbors and passers by to "take a book, leave a book".  Individuals are encouraged to leave notes and bookmarks in the books for others to read and add to, when they read the book.  Neighbors stop and chat.  Little children can "go to the library" on their own, walking or riding bikes to the free little library in their neighborhood, without having to be driven.  All grassroots -- no government maintenance or funding, just neighbors giving to their neighborhood.  The picture above is from the website, showing one that you can order, so you can see the general idea, since mine isn't ready yet.  I have an artist friend that will help me build one, and of course "art" it up substantially.  A tiny whimsical library, nestled under the pine tree, perhaps with a garden chair nearby -- inviting a passing child or curious adult to take a book, sit a bit in the garden . . . .

You can read about little free libraries on the their website: Little Free Library, and look at a photo gallery of all the cute little libraries.





I have my number and my sign -- we'll be number 975!  Now, I just need to get one built and mounted.

11 comments:

Creatively yours Fi said...

What a brilliant idea!! I love it :) I will have a bit more of a look into it, thanks for sharing!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

I love this idea! May have to try to figure out a way to implement something like this myself. I saw someone in Portland, OR, doing something like this with clothes, if you can imagine!

Claudia said...

I've been reading about this idea, too! I think it's so cool. Unfortunately, we live on such a busy country road that no one can stop. I'll be anxious to hear how it works out.

xo
Claudia

learning table said...

This is a great way to get neighbors to start knowing each other.

Jo @ Let's Face the Music said...

What a great idea! I have a new seating area in our yard which might lend itself perfectly to such an enterprise. And I have PLENTY of books. JO @ Let's Face the Music

Donna Heber said...

Hi Diana,

What a neat idea! This is the first I have heard of doing a little library. Of course, I live in the country and we don't see many people passing by on foot. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Melinda said...

What a great idea!

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

Such a cute idea! I hadn't heard about this.

Jami said...

What a really great idea- this was totally new to me! I look forward to hearing how it works for you-

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage

Paige Puckett said...

Adorable! That would be really fun for kids.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a great idea!