What would you include in your own “little library”?
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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In recent years, little libraries of all shapes and sizes have popped up. They could be found on street corners and sidewalks across the United States. These were often built by community members. They were hoping to share their book collection with their neighbors. These "Little Free Libraries" are like a modern-day iteration of the classic bookmobile. Minneapolis, Minnesota, even hosted the first Little Free Library Festival, where book fans and people with a do-it-yourself streak came together to promote literacy in their communities.

For the most part, Little Free Libraries have more in common with book-sharing shelves in hostels, local laundromats, coffee shops and other public spaces than the traditional public library. Based on a philosophy of "take a book, leave a book," these little libraries can take many forms, from birdhouse-like wooden structures to repurposed newspaper vending machines, Robert Wirsing writes for the Bronx Times.
 
The Little Free Library organization began when a resident of Hudson, Wisconsin, named Todd Bol built a little model of a one-room schoolhouse, filled it with books and installed it in his front yard as a tribute to his late mother in 2009. Together with a local educator named Rick Brooks, the two began installing Little Free Libraries across Wisconsin and sharing the idea with people across the country. According to their website, by 2011 there were at least 400 free libraries 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."
 
While Little Free Libraries might seem like a harmless and innocent means to promote literacy and share books with neighbors, at least a few of the roadside lending libraries have caused minor legal kerfuffles. According to the Los Angeles Times' Michael Schaub, officials in Los Angeles and Shreveport, Louisiana, have told some residents that their homemade libraries violated city codes and that they would have to remove them. In both cases, city officials told the little libraries' caretakers that they were obstructions and they could face fines if the lending libraries weren't removed.
 
Still, for the most part Little Free Libraries have been embraced by their communities. For anyone interested in making their own at home, the organization has posted helpful tips and guides for building and installing the little book lending boxes in their hometowns and neighborhoods.
 
Information can be obtained online at littlefreelibrary.org.

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
In which ways are a “little library” better than a conventional library?
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COMMENTS (19)
  • antonina-fer
    9/08/2016 - 12:17 p.m.

    It's a better library than a normal library because you don't need a library card to check out a book in the little library.

  • najlia1-fer
    9/08/2016 - 03:45 p.m.

    One way it would be better is you do not have to go there trouble of itscanning a card or paying for a card. Also it is uniqu.

  • lily2-fer
    9/08/2016 - 03:57 p.m.

    A little library is better than a conventional library because in a little library you never run out of book or have to buy new ones because is is a take one leave one policy. And it is better because you can find out what other people like to read and have a better community.

  • victoria1-fer
    9/08/2016 - 04:05 p.m.

    Little library is smaller than a library so you don't go though the process of going through a whole library for 1 or more books

  • layla-fer
    9/09/2016 - 11:22 a.m.

    Little library's are better then a conventional library in these ways: Little library's are more close, say if you just wanted to get a book for a trip but there was no regular library's around you could just grab a book from a little library! And If you had your own little library you wouldn't waste gas driving to a regular library plus, you don't need to check the book out or pay if you have your own little library!

  • henry1-fer
    9/09/2016 - 11:25 a.m.

    One way a little library is better than a conventionl library is you can share your favorite that you own that a conventional library doesn't have.

  • ailish-fer
    9/09/2016 - 11:25 a.m.

    I think that a little library would be better than a conventional library because you would have your own library. It would be easier to donate books. Also the owners would not have to pay any one to work there,they would not really have to pay for electricity. That is why I think little library's are better than a conventional library.

  • charles-fer
    9/09/2016 - 11:35 a.m.

    One way that I think a little library is better than a public library is that little libraries are free. Another reason is that if you live in the neighborhood that you could just walk down the street and get a book. My final reason is that they're easier to look for books, since in a public library you have to walk all over the place, if there is a little library, all you have to do is move the books.

  • zakrym-ste
    9/19/2016 - 01:33 p.m.

    I would have beds. I would also have only sports and holocaust books. also i would have free drinks and food.

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