Little Free Library

Jerry Pax selects a book from the Little Free Library in Algiers (image from

Anyone catch All Things Considered‘s sweet story of the Little Free Library (LFL) on the commute home? If you missed it, go listen!  Two super cool Wisconsinites started a reading revolution with their little boxes of books in communities and neighborhoods (across 34 states so far and at least one international site) where readers take a book then leave a book for others to enjoy.

I have enough paperbacks to start a few dozen of these mini book swaps today. Great Gatsby, wouldn’t a “Little Airstream Free Library” be terrific!?!

I couldn’t wait to get home and see photos. Some LFL are planted outside coffee shops:

Little Free Library

Photo from the Little Free Library

Some are shaped like barns (so I’m thinking vintage campers are acceptable):

Little Free Library

Photo by Vera Roy-Stoeberl

These liebe libraries are open day or night, in any kind of weather.

I like mysteries or thrillers on a snowy day.

Check out this pretty garden of reading by artist and blogger Helen Klebesadel:

Helen Klebesadel's "It's Always the Season to Read"

There’s a dog-lovers’ version:

From the Little Free Library

One for a schoolyard’s Peace Garden–you know, for the kids:

From a Little Free Library fan on Facebook.

(And of course there’s a Wisconsin-sports-themed reading hut:)

Photo by Deborah Niles, Madison Examiner

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6 Responses to Little Free Library

  1. Doug Brown says:

    What a cool idea. Beautiful way for communities to share. And so refreshing that it’s not another digital initiative that makes us all feel we are not paying enough attention to what’s happening online! Great post Paige.

    • Paige says:

      Thanks, Doug! One of the LFL librarians said her box helped her meet people she’d lived a block away from for 20 years. I think it would be interesting to see what kind of books people donate. Cheers!

  2. Jen says:

    What a delightful idea! Am going to check out their website. Thanks for pointing it out!

  3. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it — I’d never heard of it. It might be cool to do this for just my trailer park!

    • Paige says:

      Yes! Keep me posted if you do–and post photos. I would like to build one of the boxes (camper-style, of course) but I need to find someone in a neighborhood who can host it.

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