Book lovers have many avenues to find new books; whether it be from a book store or the local library. Some communities have small, wooden boxes called, Little Free Libraries, along sidewalks and in yards to give readers one more way to access books. Anyone can borrow a book to return it later or donate books to the library. The missions of the Little Free Library project are:
- To promote Literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
- To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
- To build 2,510 Libraries--as many as Andrew Carnegie--and keep going!
Anyone interested in building and placing a Little Free Library on their property or in their neighborhood can order a library or build their own. An order of a library from the Little Free Library website also includes a Steward's Kit and standard charter sign. The library can be stocked with personal donations or donations from the community. A steward also might consider a book drive or working with their local Friends of the Library volunteer group. As the project website explains, Little Free Libraries can be part of a larger community or business project, "Imagine a string of 'Take a Book, Return a Book' Little Libraries every other mile on a metropolitan bike path, each with a different theme and great reading materials. Each one of your facilities or places of business could have one on site or sponsor one." The website provides tips on getting started as well as a list of frequently asked questions.
Are you interested in finding a local Little Free Library or contacting a local steward? Check out the Little Free Libraries on the World Map. In New Mexico, there are Little Free Libraries in Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Carrizozo. If you are unable to build a Little Free Library in your community but still want to help with community literacy, you can donate to the Little Free Library project or help with one of their tasks on the Help Wanted page. The website also has t-shirts, mugs, and the Because It's Small video for sale. You can also contact the project and follow the project on their Facebook page. What better way to show your love for reading and libraries than by becoming a steward and starting your own Little Free Library?
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