Celebrating Literacy with Little Free Libraries

I LOVE my job, and one of those things that I find the most rewarding is being able to share my love of reading with students.  But my love for reading does not have to stop with sharing it with students, I am thrilled to be able to share with you something I recently learned about.

There is an exciting movement that began back in  2009 with Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin.  He built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Rick Brooks, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a wide variety of goals for the common good. Each brought different skills to the effort, Bol as a creative craftsman experienced with innovative enterprise models and Brooks as a youth and community development educator with a background in social marketing.

They were inspired by many different ideas:

Andrew Carnegie’s support of 2,509 free public libraries around the turn of the 19th to 20th century.

The heroic achievements of Miss Lutie Stearns, a librarian who brought books to nearly 1400 locations in Wisconsin through “traveling little libraries” between 1895 and 1914.

“Take a book, leave a book” collections in coffee shops and public spaces.

In just three years, the non-profit Little Free Library has helped open 30,000 micro-libraries cared for by dedicated volunteer stewards who build literacy-friendly neighborhoods. They’ve reached every U.S. State and Canadian province plus 80 other countries around the world.

Want to find a local “Little Free Library” ion your area?  Click here to find one near you!

For the next few months, I am going to head out in search of some of my local “Little Free Libraries.”  Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to join in my search!


What an awesome way to promote literacy for ALL!

Their Mission

To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.


Social Media Connections

Little Free Library Facebook

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Little Free Library Pinterest

Little Free Library Instagram

Little Free Library website

Images and information obtained from their website and social media pages.

109 thoughts on “Celebrating Literacy with Little Free Libraries

  1. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    Yes, I have heard of them. We have several that I pass everyday, they have even fought to put them up. I like the idea of kids reading.

  2. Sarah Oswald says:

    I have never seen one out and about around here but I think its a wonderful idea and its ashame but reading an actual book seem like it is becoming extinct with the digitial books come out all the time.

  3. crystal gibson says:

    This is such a great idea. I have always loved reading and sharing my books. I may need to start one of these at work.

  4. Ronnie says:

    I was on a mini vacation in Blue Ridge, Ga and actually ran across one of these and got a book. I sat in front of a fire and read some of it on a rainy night. It was great. I returned the book and a few others on the way home. Thank you mini library keepers.

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