Saturday, October 28, 2017

Little Free Libraries

"It has turned strangers into friends and a sometimes impersonal neighborhood into a community."
                                                                                                                    ---LA Times

I have a Little Library and it has been a blessing to my life. It sits in front of my house. I love to sit on my front porch rocker and watch people stop and take a look inside the library and take books.

At the Texas Library Association Conference in 2016, I met the founder of the Little Libraries. He told us:

"85% of kids who go before the juvenile court system are illiterate."

"The nicest people in our country are Little Free Library stewards."

"(A Little Free Library is) a front porch that extends to the sidewalk, a water cooler on the street."


Here are the Little Free Libraries I have put up in my town:


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY #2924 IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE (2012)


My husband built this little library for me in 2012.

In 2014, I won a grant from my school district to build and maintain five Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods in my school zone. 

LITTLE LIBRARY #30157 IN THE FAIR OAKS NEIGHBORHOOD (2015)




LITTLE LIBRARY #31446 IN LIVERPOOL, TEXAS (2016)



LITTLE LIBRARY #37386 IN THE R&H MOBILE HOME PARK (2017)


I have two more Little Free Libraries I plan to put up in January of 2018 and February of 2018.



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13 comments:

  1. It's great idea with Little Free Libraries. We don't have them here unfortunately :-( Nice shots.

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  2. How wonderful! I came across a couple of Little Free Libraries last year and blogged about them. (https://sandranachlinger.blogspot.com/2016/05/little-library-saturday-snapshots.html) I wish there were more around. Thank you for contributing to children's literacy through these little libraries.
    Sandy @ Writing With a Texas Twang

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  3. Very cool! We have a few in town and I always enjoy when I have some books to contribute.

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  4. Our city has several of little libraries! We've enjoyed adding books to them and finding books to take home too. Thank you for helping with literacy.

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  5. what a wonderful idea. Probably a great way to give somebody an opportunity to start reading :)

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  6. I love it when people put up the free little libraries; I think they can foster such a sense of community

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  7. I've seen those popping up over here in the UK now

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  8. I have one and I love it. In theory it's to help me lower my book count, though so far it is failing. I think we have 7-8 in our town of 9000 now, with one in front of the grade school too.

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  9. I love these! We had several in our old neighborhood, but none nearby in our new place.

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  10. I love the Little Library...and your house!! So pretty :)

    I've wanted a Little Library ever since I first read about them. But I live at the end of a cul-de-sac in a very quiet neighborhood! Might not get much traffic. Glad you are enjoying yours!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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  11. Your house is cute ! We too have little libraries all over our little city I think it is a great idea !!

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  12. And, you get the full credit for inspiring me to put up the LFL in my side yard, not to mention helping me keep it stocked with younger children's books. My LFL was a 69th BD gift, and it is a gift that keeps on giving. We had Trick or Treat out back this year, and we got to meet some of our "regulars." People are putting books IN as well as taking them out...what a pleasure!

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