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The Little Free Library Book
The Little Free Library Book | Margret Aldrich
408 posts | 16 read | 21 to read
Traces the story of the grassroots initiative to promote literacy and encourage community through front-yard book exchanges, chronicling how the movement expanded throughout 70 countries. 10,000 first printing.
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Avidreader25
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Great little free library across the street from our Airbnb. I never get tired of seeing these. 😊

Texreader Same! 3w
LaurenELovesToRead Never seen these before- looks so cool! 3w
Avidreader25 @LaurenELovesToRead They are everywhere! People can take and leave a book for free. Such a great thing to add to any community. 3w
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Judybskt
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I came across another #littlefreelibrary while running errands today. It needs some books but I only had 2 to add. 😥

BookNAround From the color of the center post, it looks like it‘s pretty new so maybe it‘ll fill up as time goes on. (edited) 4w
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Judybskt
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Found another #littlefreelibrary

Megabooks Awesome!! 1mo
ljuliel Cute. My favorite color ! 1mo
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Amiable
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Took a walk around the town beach park today for the first time since we moved here. Spotted not one but TWO little free library boxes! I had no idea they were here.
McCook Point Park, Niantic, CT

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CrowCAH
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While at a Halloween event with my nephew, we came across this #FreeLittleLibrary which was up for a raffle prize!

marleed Oh sweet! 1mo
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thebluestocking
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A new #littlefreelibrary popped up in our local park. I love this project so much. 💙💙

Scochrane26 That one is so cute & colorful! 2mo
TheSpineView That box is so cute!💜📘💜 2mo
thebluestocking @Scochrane26 @TheSpineView The family did a really good job with it. 💙 1mo
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Libby1
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#LittleFreeLibrary Dutch style!

There was a one book in English that I almost took about the discovery and history of quinine.

#Delft

CrowCAH So cute; it‘s on wheels! 2mo
TheSpineView ❤❤❤ 2mo
Libby1 @CrowCAH and @TheSpineView - I know, the wheels are cute. 😊 It was so lovingly decorated, too. I‘ve seen little free book areas in a supermarket and a coffee shop here, too. Lovely. 2mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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I am incredibly excited to share the installation of my own Little Free Library. The caulk needs to dry and the cement needs to harden before I can add books. Next step ~ registration 📚🐛

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want one!!! Love it!! 2mo
Amiable So cool! What do you have to do to register one? 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings @Amiable https://littlefreelibrary.myshopify.com/collections/charter-signs Basically, order a sign and fill out info about your library. 2mo
UwannaPublishme Way too cool! 👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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Judybskt
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Dropped off some books today. 📚🍁💛

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TracyReadsBooks
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Snoopy themed Little Free Library!!! 😍

tessavi How cute! 2mo
Godpants Obsessed! I love it. 2mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Not quite a wee free library but another way to love and celebrate books!

Ruthiella Totally! I love browsing my local Goodwill for books! And they also get the bulk those books I don‘t want to keep.😀 2mo
Come-read-with-me @Ruthiella Used book stores are the best! A great place to find all sorts of treasures. Lately I‘ve been taking my “old” books to our local library for this type of exchange - another great way to get someone‘s old treasure! 📚🤓📚 2mo
rather_be_reading this is so cool! 2mo
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Judybskt
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On my travels today I gave away some books! The #littlefreelibrary on the left was discovered by a friend. The one on the right was a Boy Scout project and is affiliated with our library.

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TracyReadsBooks
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My mom sent me a picture of the cutest Little Free Library ever!

Texreader Love it!! 2mo
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Mitch
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Took a new route around the neighbourhood today and found this! I‘ll be walking back this way again for sure!

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vonnie862
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Found a couple Little Free Libraries in Glendora. #lfl

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SW-T
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There‘s a little free library we pass on our evening walk. Will try and remember to bring some donations along. A book that isn‘t for you might be the perfect fit for someone else after all.

#littlefreelibrary

lele1432 Very true! 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading My small town has three that popped up recently! As soon as they went up I donated one and just took three more tonight. I love checking on them. 😄 3mo
SW-T @Prairiegirl_reading You never know what you‘ll see in them! 2mo
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Mitch
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Love this Little Free Library - puts our little neighbourhood one to shame!

https://eu.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/local/2019/09/17/mississippi-littl...

SW-T 😊😊😊 3mo
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Ddzmini
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Little free library here in Kailua lovin‘ life 🥰🥰🥰📚📖😋

britt_brooke How cute!! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks That one‘s cute!! 3mo
JoScho I love all the shells 🐚 3mo
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Ddzmini @britt_brooke @ValerieAndBooks I know it‘s really cute huh @JoScho there great right and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too 😋📖 3mo
Cathythoughts So cute 3mo
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Branwen
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Found this simple but cute Little Free Library today in town! 📚💕

ValerieAndBooks I never met a LFL I didn‘t like 😊📚📚! 3mo
Branwen @ValerieAndBooks Same here! 😀💕📚 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Score! The two bottom ones are from the 1960s!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Found a Little Free Library three blocks off the Magnificent Mile and just a block or so from Lake Shore Drive. It‘s in lovely park with a running track, tennis courts, lawn, benches and beautiful flowers maintained by neighbors. A great place to stop and read a chapter or two. A delightful surprise finding it downtown in the midst of the city‘s high-rises.

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Laughterhp
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Filled up my little free library today with about 8 or 9 books. I‘m really hoping someone will enjoy these books and the quality of the library will go up!

I‘ve checked it a few times and the quality is lacking. Like I understand people typically put books they don‘t want in there, but I feel like the quality could be better.

#littlefreelibrary

Sweettartlaura You know... I really should go around my town to the LFLs and fill them up with my extras 🤔. Maybe that‘s a goal for this month. 3mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍 3mo
Laughterhp @Sweettartlaura That‘s a great idea! I‘ve had the books sitting in my car for at least a month before I dropped them off! 3mo
Scochrane26 I bought a lot of books at half-price & Ollie‘s for a friend‘s LFL last yr. she wanted MG/YA books, so I was happy to get some of my favorites. Dropping off extras is a good idea. 3mo
MelissaSue81 @Sweettartlaura - my girls and I do this!! There are two within two blocks or so of our house and one just a hair further.. we like to split them up. 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Found some more Little Free Libraries on today‘s walk—one appears to be an official one while the second is a DIY. Both are delightfully situated on a quiet leafy street amidst beautiful gardens. I really need to start carrying around books I can leave when I see one of these libraries. Such a great way to share books!

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ValerieAndBooks
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While we were away traveling, spied this #LFL in Lynchburg, VA. 📚❤️📚🧡📚💛📚💚📚💙📚💜📚

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Came across this cute Little Free Library today. It's modeled after the house behind. So cute. ❤🏡

swishandflick 😍 3mo
allureofbeauty That‘s adorable 3mo
rather_be_reading love when they are so creative! 3mo
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TheHungryBookworms I love it 3mo
Come-read-with-me @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A lovely bookhouse! I‘m sending a package to you with apology bookmarks.I am so sorry that my original bookmark swap ones did not arrive. 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Come-read-with-me What country are you from? I feel like they're still in transit, it can take a while sometimes. 3mo
Come-read-with-me @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego From the US. I have family in Calgary and it has never taken this long for a package. I think the post office let me down 😩 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Come-read-with-me Oh I think you're right then, it should have arrived by now I would imagine. I'm sorry, that stinks and is every swappers nightmare. 3mo
Come-read-with-me @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks for being so understanding! Expect a box from Amazon with bookmarks and a book (my extra apology for the post office.) 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Come-read-with-me Of course, these things happen. And you're too sweet. Thank you. 3mo
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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My husband decided to curate his bookshelf while on vacation, so we spent an afternoon travelling around to several Little Free Libraries to redistribute them, including taking some with us on our road trip into the mountains!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Stumbled across another absolutely fabulous Little Free Library walking my daughter to school for registration. (She doesn‘t NEED me to walk her, she‘s a sophomore, but she likes the company and isn‘t embarrassed to be seen with me yet.) Anyway, this looks like a delightful place to stop and read a chapter or two.

Texreader My junior daughter just had breakfast with me at a bagel shop near the high school. Isn‘t it great when the kids still are ok hanging with us? 4mo
Tamra Love it! 4mo
TracyReadsBooks @Texreader I have to agree, it‘s an awesome feeling knowing both my teens still like to hang with me. 4mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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My mom and I took Man Cub back to school shopping Friday. On the way home my mom stopped for some sweet corn. They had a free library! I didn‘t get out of the car so I‘m not sure what was in it, but I thought that was cool. It‘s a very popular roadside farm stand in my parent‘s area.

Dragonfairykats I didn't think that there would be any free libraries where I live, since it's so rural. But according to https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/ there are a few! 4mo
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ashsbookmarks
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TracyReadsBooks
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We visited my mom this weekend and she took us to see her friend‘s Little Free Library—complete with a dog hook and a bench so you can sit and read for a moment or two while out on a walk. The big house usually holds books for adults while the small one is filled with books for children—so cute! Love this little library! ❤️📚🐕❤️

Tamra How considerate to include a dog hook & bench to peruse! 4mo
LWagoner Beautiful LFL! 4mo
SamanthaMarie Ooo I love the idea of a house for adults and one for children. 4mo
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LeslieO
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Visited the main branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library today. They have the cutest #littlefreelibrary

Ddzmini I really love this one 📖😋 4mo
marleed Ohh. I want to visit! 4mo
LeslieO @Ddzmini @marleed Isn‘t it the cutest? 4mo
Ddzmini Yes 🙌🏽💁🏼‍♀️📖😋 4mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Adorable free library at the Village of Cortez! Some might say it‘s tacky, but hey, it‘s Florida!

readingjedi I love it! 4mo
ValerieAndBooks I like it 😍! 4mo
Cortg I think it's adorable!
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Not tacky, so interesting and relevant! 4mo
RaimeyGallant It's perfect! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Love it!! 4mo
marleed So cute! I really want a midcentury modern LFL in my front yard! 4mo
kspenmoll It‘s cute & so Florida! (my hubby is from Tampa) decorative, not tacky! 4mo
LogiKitty My friend lives there and says there's hardly bookstore around down in Miami so...take any book you can get! I like it (: 4mo
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RaimeyGallant
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I came across this cool Little Free Library in Winnipeg's Exchange District a few days ago!

rather_be_reading 😻 😻 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Is that an enormous LFL or are they tiny books?! 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Clare-Dragonfly It's enormous. At least my height. 4mo
Trashcanman So how'd it go in New York? 4mo
RaimeyGallant @Trashcanman Great! I did a self-guided literary tour, packed in a lot of cool spots, and placed third in the writing competition category I was in. :) 4mo
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Kimberlone
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Went for a walk with my bf yesterday to a local bakery and was surprised to find a little free library! I hadn‘t been to this bakery in awhile but I don‘t remember this being there last time I visited. Btw, they have really delicious cookies here. My bf had a fresh from the oven still warm chocolate chip cookie, and I got a blueberry lavender macarrón.

marleed I was running errands yesterday and grabbed 6 books to donate to 3 LFLs I stopped by while walking with a visiting sister. She had never experienced any and was so exited to see a book on her wishlist. I convinced her it was fine to take even if she would travel with it. ... I came home with 4 different books so now I need to grab another load for donation - way too easy for me to accommodate a LFL! I should host my own LFL! 4mo
Kimberlone @marleed totally! Whenever I have my own place someday I would definitely like to have one 4mo
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irre
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Our town recently got a couple of Little Free Libraries. My kids and I all picked out some books from our shelves to drop off today.

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SW-T
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Couple of us went out for ice cream and I was happy to see a little free library outside. I‘ll have to bring some books to add to it next time I‘m in the area. 😊📚

#LittleFreeLibrary

Soubhiville I loaded this LFL up today! It‘s funny, I saw and liked this post when you posted it, then went for ice cream this week and saw the LFL! I looked up by hashtag to find out who posted originally 😊. I went to Recycled Reads this weekend to pick up some children‘s books, and pulled some stuff off my own shelves. So maybe next time you get ice cream you‘ll adopt one of my old books 😁. 4mo
SW-T @Soubhiville How awesome! I‘m hoping to head out that way again soon so I‘ll definitely check it out! I‘ve been setting aside some books to donate. Your trip to Recycled Reads was a great idea 😊 4mo
SW-T @Soubhiville Hubby and I made a donation to the LFL and then hit Cheesecake Factory. That‘s a busy spot! Several items gone by the time we left 😳 Great to see it‘s getting use! 😊🥰😊 4mo
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Branwen
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Found a really cute little free library in one of my local parks! 😍💕📚 It needs some more books though!

brit91 So cute!!😍📚 5mo
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Smrloomis
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This #littlefreelibrary was a Girl Scout project apparently. We didn‘t take any home but hope others do.

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Johanna414
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This is a couple towns away from me - a friend of mine created a Little Free Library and had a grand opening ceremony complete with snacks, bookmarks and a book swap. I had a party to attend so I missed it, but it made my heart so happy to see these pictures!

LiteraryinLititz That‘s so cool! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s so cool! (Jinx @LiteraryinLititz !) (edited) 5mo
funnypages Love this idea! I can‘t wait to do something like it when my LFL goes in. 5mo
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toofondofbooks
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#littlefreelibrary at our city dog park 🥰

brit91 That's so cute!!😍😎📚 5mo
BooknerdsLife Oh that‘s so cute! 😄🐶💕 5mo
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Coleen
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Another #littlefreelibrary
This one was just recently built by one of my book club members and her husband. It‘s adorable. Even lights up at night!

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kyraleseberg
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My daughter will be starting school next month(😭) and her school just built a little free library! We stopped by this morning to share some books and bring a couple home.

Lovesbooks87 She looks so excited. Love it! 5mo
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Texreader
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Look! It‘s a Little Free Library smack in the middle of Trondheim, Norway

brit91 I love this!!💖💖💖💖💖💖📚📚📚📚 5mo
Texreader @brit91 I know. 💗💗💗 Imagine my happy surprise when my husband pointed it out to me! Too bad they were all in Norwegian although I can‘t say I packed books to trade. 5mo
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MelissaSue81
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I took this stalker photo from my porch, but my daughter and her buddy went to explore the new little free library on our street tonight. So. Stinking. Cute. 😍😍😍

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Coleen
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Vacationing in Tennessee and came across two Little Free Libraries in downtown Knoxville. 📚❤️

#littlefreelibrary

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Kimberlone
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During my walk, I also stumbled upon this new little free library that I‘ve never seen before today!

marleed I wish I were a wood worker. I really want to build an MCM FLL! 6mo
Kimberlone @marleed I know! If only I could build things.... 6mo
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Kimberlone
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Went for a nice long walk around the neighborhood today and walked by this little free library surrounded by a lovely garden!

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Mdargusch
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I was fortunate to be able to attend a seminar by a LFL board member yesterday. This free book movement is now pointed towards young readers who are underprivileged and most likely do not have many books in their home or parents that read to them. While this is very admirable, it makes my love of sharing my books in my LFL with old and young readers in a middle class neighborhood seem superfluous. ☹️

StaceyKondla You can feel good no matter what neighbourhood your LFL is set in. Sharing the love of reading in no small thing, and if you contribute to generating empathy and broader thinking through the sharing of story you are doing a very good thing. 6mo
Mdargusch Thanks for saying that @StaceyKondla - I needed some reassurance. It sure is fun even if the people in my neighborhood aren‘t underprivileged. 6mo
wanderinglynn That is admirable, but misguided to me. If a young reader has no one to read to them/help them read, then how is a LFL going to help? I get the access to books part, but don‘t young readers need someone to read with them? And just because that‘s the direction the board is choosing to go, it doesn‘t make your contributions superfluous. There are many demographics that lack access to books. And reading is important for all. (edited) 6mo
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Reviewsbylola I‘m glad you got to go!! And I wouldn‘t feel bad—sharing your love of reading is admirable no matter the circumstances! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Perfectly said! @wanderinglynn 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Spot on @wanderinglynn! And apart from access to books, LFLs contribute to a sense of community and sharing, something that I think is vital for any neighborhood regardless of demographics. 6mo
wanderinglynn @MicheleinPhilly Exactly. LFLs are for the community they are in. As a side note, I didn‘t know that LFL was an organization with a board & all. I thought it was just a social movement. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
mdm139 I am sure your neighbors appreciate your efforts. My hoa doesn‘t allow them or I would have one. I give away books with candy on Halloween instead and my neighbors love it. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @wanderinglynn yeP “Little Free Library“ is even copyrighted and trademarked. They have a registray of little libraries put up around the globe, but there are more of these than are registered because you have to pay a $40 fee. We have our own Little Library program at my library and I have to always be careful who I say it. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @Mdargusch -It takes more than just making books accessible to get kids to read. It helps HE** yes, but it's not the end. Kids will take them because they are free, or it looks fun. But it will take more to get them to want to read them. Plus, especially with kids, what books are included matter. Old cruddy books wont get read. I can lecture extensively about this (and have), so just asking volunteers to provide free books does not = success 6mo
wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan Well I learned something new today. 👍🏻 Thanks! 😀 6mo
LibrarianRyan @Mdargusch Continue what you are doing. Don't feel pressure to do or change something you are not comfortable with. If you want to try something, then try. My friend puts a “suggestion“ notebook in her LL (not registered). And she has come to me more than once to find books that one kid asks for. that is when someone isn't taking the suggestion notebook. 😁 6mo
LeahBergen I believe EVERY neighbourhood in every demographic benefits from a LFL. Being able to “afford” books doesn‘t necessarily mean that everyone provides them for (or reads them with) their children. I stick the odd classic (like Dracula or Jane Eyre) in my neighbourhood LFL as it is on the walking path from a junior high school. I‘m tickled to think of a kid discovering these books at the same age as I did. So keep up your important LFL work! 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
Mdargusch Such great comments you all! It‘s a very interesting movement and I just wasn‘t aware there was this focus on underprivileged kids. You make a great point @wanderinglynn about those kids don‘t have anyone to read to them. @MicheleinPhilly the community piece is one of my favorite aspects. I‘ve met and chatted with many neighbors that I wouldn‘t normally talk with. I appreciate your support @StaceyKondla @LibrarianRyan @LeahBergen @mdm139 @Reviewsbylola 6mo
emilyhaldi Your LFL spreads happiness and joy and that's no small thing! 6mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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For now, I'm borrowing this from MEL; it is on my Amazon wish list. I'm dreaming of having my own Little Free Library in my front yard this year. #bucketlist

StayCurious what a great idea! 6mo
Princess-Kingofkings @StayCurious I'm trying to talk my husband into building it for me. 6mo
UwannaPublishme I love this book and discovering new Little Free Libraries around me. I hope your dream comes true! 6mo
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Princess-Kingofkings @UwannaPublishme Thank you ~ I got the beginning of design idea this morning. 🏰 6mo
jb72 LFL is on my bucket list too! 6mo
Princess-Kingofkings @jb72 Let's keep in touch on our progress. I'm aiming for September as a birthday gift. 6mo
jb72 @Princess-Kingofkings Oh good idea! I‘m shooting for late next year. 6mo
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Jerdencon
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Came across this on a quiet street in Red Hook Brooklyn - my son found a book but felt bad I didn't have one to leave!

readordierachel Cute! I like when they use repurposed newspaper boxes (or whatever they're called) 6mo
Bookladylinda So cute!!!! 6mo
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