I took a trip to the book box on the street corner, otherwise known as the Little Free Library. Have you seen one of these things? They are super cute!
The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 with the goal to provide an easy access point to free books within the community. I know what you are thinking… how is that different from the public library?
While public libraries are fantastic sources of information, they are not always accessible to a working person due to the hours, and locations. The Little Free Library fills in the gap where a person, parent, or child can grab a quick read in their neighborhood, whenever they want! And they don’t even have to worry about returning the book!
I didn’t even know we had a Little Free Library until a couple of months ago when my friend pointed it out during a walk downtown. Since that day I make sure and take a peek at it when I go by to check that everything is in order. Sometimes I find the door left open, so I’ll stop and shut it, so the books don’t get cold 🙂
Yesterday I took a couple of my favorites to drop off, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
I have held on to my copy of The Secret Garden since I was a child. I am hoping it brings someone as much joy as it did for me!
While I was there, I picked up a worn old copy of From Here to Eternity by James Jones. This year’s reading list is full, but I can’t stop myself from adding more to the queue! *Update: an aspiring writer friend saw From Here to Eternity sitting in my office and commented that she always wanted to read it, so I gifted it to her along with a book by Dr. Maya Angelou.
There are over 60,000 Free Little Library’s worldwide.
Do you have one in your area?