What would you include in your own “little library”? A Little Free Library in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Little Free Libraries/Thinkstock)
What would you include in your own “little library”?
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Little libraries of all shapes and sizes have popped up in recent years. They might be found on street corners. Or they might be found on sidewalks. Often, they are built by community members. They are hoping to share their book collection with their neighbors. 

These "Little Free Libraries" are like a modern-day bookmobile. Minneapolis, Minnesota, even held the first Little Free Library Festival. Book fans and people with a do-it-yourself streak came together. They promoted literacy in their communities.

For the most part, Little Free Libraries have more in common with book-sharing shelves. Those shelves might be found in hostels, laundromats, coffee shops and other public spaces. Most are based on the idea of "take a book, leave a book."  These little libraries can take many forms. They might be found in birdhouse-like wooden structures to repurposed newspaper vending machines. This is according to Robert Wirsing. He writes for the Bronx Times.
 
The Little Free Library organization began in 2009. A resident of Hudson, Wisconsin, Todd Bol built a little model of a one-room schoolhouse. He filled it with books. Then he put it in his front yard. It was a tribute to his late mother. Together with a local educator named Rick Brooks, the two began installing Little Free Libraries. They placed them across Wisconsin. The also shared the idea. People across the country were interested. By 2011, there were at least 400 free libraries. They were tucked into nooks and crannies of cities across the U.S.
 
"Something we long for in this digital age is that connection between people," Bol tells Margret Aldrich for Book Riot. "I want to show how Little Free Library is about readers inspiring readers inspiring readers. It goes on and on."
 
Little Free Libraries might seem like a harmless and innocent means to promote literacy and share books with neighbors. But at least a few of the roadside lending libraries have caused minor legal issues. According to the Los Angeles Times' Michael Schaub, officials in Los Angeles and Shreveport, Louisiana, have told some residents that their homemade libraries broke city codes. They would have to remove them. In both cases, city officials told the little libraries' caretakers that they were obstructions. The operators could face fines if the lending libraries weren't removed.
 
For the most part Little Free Libraries have been embraced by their communities. Interested in making your own little library? The organization has posted helpful tips and guides for building and installing the little book lending boxes.
 
Information can be found online. Go to littlefreelibrary.org.

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In which ways are a “little library” better than a conventional library?
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COMMENTS (27)
  • alex0509-byo
    6/16/2016 - 05:37 p.m.

    a little library is better than a large library. It is better to have a little library because you can memorize were you put the book. In big library's you can get confused were you put it.

  • alex0509-yyca
    7/25/2016 - 03:41 p.m.

    Some reasons why little library's are better than conventional library's is. In conventionsal library's there is a better chance to forget what part of the library you need to put the book. In little library's there is a less percent of forgetting where you need to put the put.

  • alex0509-yyca
    7/25/2016 - 03:46 p.m.

    A little library is better than a conventional library because. A conventional library is kind of bad because there is more percent of forgetting where you need to put the book. Little library's have less percent of forgetting where you need to put to book. That is why little library's are better than a conventional library.

    • masonl7004-
      8/19/2016 - 03:42 p.m.

      true

  • jacksons2014-
    8/19/2016 - 03:23 p.m.

    little librarys seem like a good idea but needs more work.

  • miked123457-
    8/19/2016 - 03:23 p.m.

    In a little library you can always find the you were looking for. But in a big library you can get confused.

  • kadenw531-
    8/19/2016 - 03:24 p.m.

    There free and there are more of them than normal libraries.

  • jackg1005-
    8/19/2016 - 03:25 p.m.

    Little free libraries may be closer to my house than a large library.

  • jessicas123456790-
    8/19/2016 - 03:30 p.m.

    I love how people do little library so now people get books for free!

  • baileyw-
    8/19/2016 - 03:32 p.m.

    I like the idea of little library's. They make it easer for people to stop by the library on the go. I don't like that some people don't want them there.

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