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Little Free Libraries All over the World

The other day, my Best Friend told me about something new to her in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia—Street Library.  Little Free Libraries World-Wide

She was quite surprised when I told her I’d blogged about them; in fact the first time was back in 2012, in the article, Little Libraries Spreading All Over :-)

An excerpt:

Fairly small, up on a pole, books inside, and saying, “Take A Book – Leave A Book”.

This phenomenon began in Hudson, Wisconsin, USA and has already spread to Europe and Africa.

From USA Today: “Todd Bol wanted to honor his mother, a former teacher and book lover who died a decade ago. So two years ago, Bol built a miniature model of a library, filled it with books for anyone to take, and placed it outside his home….From that idea, hundreds of similar Little Free Libraries are popping up on lawns across the country. They’re tiny — no bigger than a dollhouse. Some look like miniature homes or barns. Others just look like a box on a post.”

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Journal Sentinel has a lovely photo album of these Little Free Libraries :-)

And, I was happy to see that the Australian group rendered a certain amount of homage to the apparent Founder, Todd Bol


The first link in this post was to the Australian group and this one —> Little Free Library — is the group in the USA. ( I’d love some links from other countries :-)

Yet, even such a wonderful movement, such a community-focused and charitable and humane movement is seeing oppositionThe Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit.

An excerpt:

“We’ve constructed communities where one must obtain permission from the state before freely sharing books with one’s neighbors!”

That article is clearly about the United States; yet, I’d love information from readers in other countries about whether Little Free Libraries are being fought

There is a MAP for finding Little Free Libraries, all over the world…

And, I’ll leave you with two videos—one a short summary of the concept of these neighborly libraries; and, one with an eight-year-old (very aware she’ll be on TV) telling you why they’re so cool :-)

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3 responses to “Little Free Libraries All over the World

  1. Barbara Blackcinder May 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I know I mentioned these way back in 2012, but here’s an update from this little city. Someone gave the city a grant of $20,000, and the mayor used it to put these Little Free Libraries where ever there was a space for them. Along with these many additions, I don’t know of anywhere in the city (about 50 sq. miles), where there isn’t one just around the corner. Good ideas sometimes spread like weeds, or in this case, flowers. Barbara


  2. Alexander M Zoltai May 29, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Barbara !!!

    So Good to hear from you! And, good to know your city is supporting these libraries…

    Hey, folks, she is, in fact the woman who first told me about Little Free Libraries!!

    Hope we can see each other in Arton’s worlds in Kitely :-)


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