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"The Little Free Library is a terrific example of placing books—poetry included—within reach of people in the course of their everyday lives. Free is always a good thing, and the project has a nice give-and-take feel to it. Here's hoping we bump into literature when we turn the next corner—before we have time to resist!"—Billy Collins"Take a book. Return a book." In 2009,"The Little Free Library is a terrific example of placing books—poetry included—within reach of people in the course of their everyday lives. Free is always a good thing, and the project has a nice give-and-take feel to it. Here's hoping we bump into literature when we turn the next corner—before we have time to resist!"—Billy Collins"Take a book. Return a book." In 2009, Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library as a memorial to his mom. Five years later, this simple idea to promote literacy and encourage community has become a movement. Little Free Libraries—freestanding front-yard book exchanges—now number twenty thousand in seventy countries. The Little Free Library Book tells the history of these charming libraries, gathers quirky and poignant firsthand stories from owners, provides a resource guide for how to best use your Little Free Library, and delights readers with color images of the most creative and inspired LFLs around.Margret Aldrich is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in the Utne Reader, Experience Life!, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family....

Title : The Little Free Library Book
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ISBN : 9781566894074
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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The Little Free Library Book Reviews

  • Bogi Takács
    2019-07-14 08:01

    This was fun and inspiring. Sometimes maybe a bit TOO enthusiastic, but it did have a section about the possible difficulties too. It did not say much about the #1 difficulty in local LFLs though: ants and spiders. O.O I also think it overstated the sustainability of LFLs without regular curation, poking at them, etc. I have seen so many that are basically stagnant. But I have also seen great ones, so it is definitely possible to have a quite active LFL.I really liked the idea of coordinating between neighborhood LFLs and producing a walking trail that touches upon each one. There were 87439284732 different ideas in the book and everyone will like something else.I want to build and set up a LFL as a summer project, but definitely not this year. I felt this book was a great resource for that and it really got me thinking.Source of the book: Lawrence Public Library

  • Becky
    2019-06-20 01:00

    At last, a way to realize my dream of being a librarian!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-07-02 00:58

    review to follow. teaser- my family built me one of these for mother's day (!!) but it still needs some finishing touches. i want to be able to include pics in my review. :)

  • PEI Public Library Service
    2019-07-13 01:45

    With the little free libraries popping up all over town ever since the National Reading Campaign brought Reading Town Canada to Charlottetown this spring, my interest is these birdhouse sized book exchanges has been piqued. The idea is simple: place a box of books in an accessible space, near a front yard or a sidewalk. Passers by are encouraged to "take a book, leave a book" and selections reflect a wide array of reading materials, neighbourhoods and communities. Little free libraries are as varied as their creators, many of whose stories are related here.Little free libraries inspire community and conversation; they connect citizens and neighbours, and they offer an ever changing inventory of free books! Best of all, they encourage smiles, based on the concept “Always a gift. Never for Sale.” Aldrich's book provides a foreword by the Executive Director, co-founder and First Steward of Little Free Library, Todd Bol. Bol is justifiably proud of the impact this simple strategy has had on literacy and community building and the book provides many examples to support his message. This is a picture book, a DIY manual and an inspiration to community engagement and sharing. Little free libraries are such happy places, and this book is a compendium of happy stories, opportunities and events. It's chock full of anecdotes about the placement of little free libraries in communities across North America and around the world. Like yarn bombing, little free libraries are all about reclaiming and personalising public spaces, with the added value of being a creative, grassroots form of activism. In some examples in the book yarn bombing integrates with wood working, scavenging and design savvy to build a unique building with a personality all of its own.The book provides a helpful appendix of websites, construction plans, tips and installation instructions. It includes a wealth of ideas on decorating. The ideas presented are as varied as the individuals who generated them. This is a well-produced book whose beautiful photographs invite dipping in and out, or sustained reading. Be sure and check the beautiful endpapers! The subject matter would inspire a class, provide opportunity for self expression or create a curiosity for a neighbourhood.Excuse me, I have to head to the thrift store and the hardware store, on my way home!Borrow a copy:

  • Ann
    2019-06-24 06:52

    A total feel-good book for book lovers ! The concept of having mini-libraries of the "take a book, bring a book" principle is instinctively appealing to all people who can never have enough books. Not only that, the pictures show an amazing variety of Little Free Libraries, wrought out of all imaginable materials and decorated with care and love - from the LFL covered in a hand-knitted sweater to the LFL with outer walls covered in buttons or Mardi Gras beads. The book consists of a short introduction of the purpose and philosophy of the LFL movement, some blueprints on how to build your own LFL, but the main focus of the book is the collection of stories and pictures of people who have become "stewards" of LFL. Their stories have a common theme : they started the LFL because they love books, or wanted to bring books to underserved areas, but they found out that the LFL created a sense of community, of shared responsibility. Time and time again you read in these mini-profiles how the stewards of the LFL met new neighbors, or became much more active participants in the lives of their neighborhood, just because of the little structure standing in their front yard.I have never seen a LFL, but after checking the website, I found that there were 2 not too far from where I live, and I'm determined to go check them out... and leave a book.

  • Laura (Book Scrounger)
    2019-07-11 04:57

    This book is both informative and inspiring. There are lots of illustrations of unique Little Free Libraries that people have built in various landscapes, a history of the movement, as well as plenty of personal stories about how they have enriched communities.

  • Bonnie Jacobs hessler
    2019-07-07 06:03

    I LOVED this book! I think it is so cool to have Little Free Libraries in public places for everyone to have access to the books. People can take the books free of charge. You can also, donate any books that you would like to share.The book has the most beautiful pictures. It shows different type of Little Free Libraries that people have all around the world.There are instructions in the book on how to make the Little Free Libraries or you can buy them from the non profit Little Free Library.This is a great book for anyone who ever showed an interest in them. This book is highly recommended!

  • Melissapalmer404
    2019-07-07 02:57

    Book #34 Read in 2016The Little Free Library Book by Margaret AldrichI am contemplating putting one of these little free libraries up at my house. The premise is you put out some books and people "take a book, leave a book". This book told the stories of some of the people who take care of these little free libraries, which can be found all over the world. It was a cute read. I borrowed the book from my public library.

  • Janice
    2019-06-26 02:57

    Most of this book is stories about the various Little Free Libraries around the world. How the steward was inspired and how he or she made it happen. There is also suggestions and do's and don'ts if you plan on starting one yourself plus plans on how to build a basic one and install it. The best are the pictures of many of these little gems.

  • Heydi Smith
    2019-07-14 08:37

    Yes! Yes! And yes! This book is for a bibliophiles as cookies are for Cookie Monster. Spreading literacy is our main goal and these free libraries accomplish just that. I love this book!!!

  • Vickie
    2019-06-22 08:37

    I've had so much fun going through this book in the anticipation of having my own little free library!

  • Cee
    2019-07-01 03:56

    A good little read about the Little Free Library Book movement; how it started, personal stories, plenty of great tips and info to get your own started. That being said, the book was 'wordier' than I hoped, I would have liked to see many more large pictures of the library boxes from around the world, particularly the unique, artsy, and eccentric.

  • Angela
    2019-07-15 00:35

    An entertaining look at the LFL movement. How it started, where it is going, just great.

  • Jessica
    2019-07-10 01:35

    A wonderful exploration of the Little Free Library phenomenon! Reading it only makes me want to design and put-up my own LFLs for the neighborhood.

  • Steph
    2019-07-07 08:03


  • Jen Pierce
    2019-07-08 01:54

    Great history and stories. And FWIW, that's my TARDIS LFL on the cover :)

  • Tealmermaid
    2019-07-20 05:04

    An excellent inspirational guide to the Little Free Library phenomenon. Not only includes write-ups on several chartered Libraries, but there are how-tos about both starting and maintaining a Little Free Library in your area. This can be vital for those getting started in low-literacy areas.

  • (a)lyss(a)
    2019-07-13 03:38

    "Their current goal is to work to make New Orleans the most literate city in the country, and having books available in Little Free Libraries in every neighborhood will certainly help achieve that goal."This is an interesting book highlighting the Little Free Library movement. I was hoping for more pictures of LFL examples, but there are good ones included. There are also stories about various libraries around the world and how some people include things besides books (such as seeds, crafts, etc.) in theirs. It's also interesting to learn how rarely libraries are vandalized.This is an inspiring book that also highlights some of the organizations the LFL partners with and how the libraries improve lives as well as literacy rates. If you're new to the idea of Little Free Libraries this book gives the history and current status of the movement.

  • Ally
    2019-07-19 05:01

    This was a very sweet book, that will likely inspire many people to consider organizing and installing a Little Free Library (or similar) in their neighborhood. For people who already know that they want to pursue the project, there is a lot of helpful information and resources for building, installing, promoting, etc. The book also has lots of photographs and interviews with people, around the world, who have set up Little Free Library locations. My favorite part was reading those stories, and being moved by their dedication to literacy and their communities. While I'm not sure that I'll be taking on this project in the near future, I have learned a great deal more about it from this book.

  • Kat O
    2019-07-12 03:35

    Such a cute little coffee table-type book. I love the little free libraries in my 'hood and was so jealous that our next door neighbor beat us to installing one. Have been following the tale of LFL for a few years now so this book was a rewarding read. Nice to see the longevity of the movement by volunteers for the love of literacy around the world. Kind of feeling inspired to still build one and give to my friend in Fairport to put in her front yard. She would be a good steward.I'm counting it as a my Popsugar 2016 reading challenge for the category of "recommended by a family member" since my aunt bought this book for me for Christmas.

  • Suellen
    2019-07-06 03:52

    This is a beautiful, coffee-table type book that is packed full of information. It contains literally everything you ever wanted to know about Little Free Libraries. Such as:- how the movement got started- how to build your own- stocking your library- experiences of other curators- pictures of LFL's around the world- how to get your community involved- other uses for your library- patterns and blueprints- online resources- and, believe it or not, so much more.Whether you're interested in building your own Little Free Library or are just curious about the phenomenon this is THE book to get that explains it all.

  • Chandra Boulden
    2019-07-02 08:52

    I don't know if I love the book or the concept more, the concept! I really enjoyed the history behind the LFL's and all the great tips! Really though I think I liked the pictures the best of other LFLs- this was definitely my favorite part. More pics of other libraries would be great, with over 25,000 in existence there certainly are more to choose from. I also really liked how it has expanded into schools and foreign countries. What a great goal to expand this in to the 11,000 towns with no library- and very doable!

  • Mary Jedlicka Humston
    2019-07-08 01:53

    Just think: the first Little Free Library was only built in 2009. Now there are more than 40,000 of these tiny little houses around the globe in all 50 states and 70 countries. What an amazing way to promote reading for all ages! Margret Aldrich's "The Little Free Library Book" fills you in on the history and the nuts and bolts of building, designing, and stewarding a Little Free Library. Quality photographs of a variety of libraries and their stories are also included. Also, it's a great book for coffee table display.

  • Jill
    2019-07-09 05:45

    As of June 2016, there are over 40,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all fifty states and over seventy countries around the world. This book tells the history of Free Little Libraries with mini histories selected from chartered participants. The reader will know how to set up, maintain, and promote a little library in his or her own neighborhood.

  • Stacey M
    2019-07-07 00:52

    This was a delightful book. If you are interested in knowing more about Little Free Libraries or if you are interested in starting your own this is a must read book. It has lots f stories from people who have Little Free Libraries and it discusses planning, upkeep, and has lots of pictures to give you ideas. I highly recommend this book!

  • Jeremy
    2019-07-16 01:00

    Mostly anecdotes from Little Free Library (LFL) stewards, but a little history and practical advice for would-be LFlibrarians are also included.Recommended: No (find a nearby Little Free Library instead, or visit the website:

  • Ambur Taft
    2019-07-18 07:35

    Great ideas, great pictures, and some interesting and moving stories on many different tiny libraries all around the world. So happy to see this non-profit grow more and more each year. And even happier to see so many people excited to share so many amazing books in such a fun way.

  • Jamie
    2019-07-15 03:05

    As a new steward of my own Little Free Library, I thoroughly enjoyed the color photos, stories about other libraries and suggestions for stewards like myself to make my library successful. At the back if the book are instructions with measurements for bulding your own.

  • Kris
    2019-06-26 01:59

    I want my own little free library. I am so glad that these exist, and it was fun to read about them. I already wanted to do one, but this convinced me even more. I did wish that the photos had been labeled so that I knew where each of the little libraries pictured was located.

  • Karen Snyder
    2019-07-09 06:52

    kind of ironic to write an book about this. Although I can't believe Eugene isn't highlighted in this we have several in our town. If you own your own home I definitely encourage you to put one up. You'd be surprised even with just a few neighbors how much foot traffic it will get!