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.