Books Around the Block
Books Around the Block started in 2012. Minneapolis Public Schools partnered with Little Free Library to establish 100 Little Libraries in neighborhoods where children need anytime access to free reading material. The program gave many Minneapolis communities the opportunity to share books through the simple act of giving. Most of the Books Around the Block Libraries were donated through the GIFT Fund or were given through sponsored build days. You can help expand this wonderful program around the globe!
Studies have shown that having more books at home improves literacy levels and school-readiness among children, which is why Books Around The Block aims to place Libraries in strategic neighborhoods where many children and families will use them. This innovative method to promote free access to and sharing of books 24/7 will play a vital role in improving literacy in these neighborhoods.
Each Little Free Library acts as a "mini town square" and book distribution center, where children and adults can meet, connect and pick up a good book. An individual or group of stewards regularly cares for each Library and ensures that it is in good repair, friendly and regularly stocked with high-quality books.
Hailed by the New York Times as a "global sensation," Little Free Libraries are becoming a widely accepted way to not only share books and encourage the love of reading, but strengthen community ties and connect face-to-face in an increasingly digital world. Books Around The Block is a targeted program, specifically focused on placing Libraries in at key locations where high volumes of children will have access to them. You can support the vision of a Little Library in every neighborhood where children are in need of books!
How To Get Involved
The process is simple, but we need your help! You can take the lead and steward a Books Around the Block Library in your neighborhood, or you can sponsor a Library for a neighborhood we have identified. This step-by-step guide will show you how to start your own Library, or become a sponsor by clicking here to donate. You can make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of children without easy access to books.
Get Started! Click here to view a concise, step-by-step guide to start your own Books Around the Block Library.
Come Together For A Fun Day Of Building And Giving
A fun way to make a big impact and connect with your friends and neighbors is to have a build day. We've made it really easy! The Neighborhood Building Party Kit comes with all the necessary materials and instructions to build 4 Little Free Libraries. You can install them in your neighborhood or give back to Little Free Library and we'll make sure they find loving homes.
Build days are great events for small businesses, corporations and organizations, too! Bring your employees together for some community-oriented fun and feel great knowing that each Library you've built will be strategically placed and provide books to hundreds of children and families in need. Don't want to build? You can volunteer to run a book drive or steward a Books Around the Block Library, too. Contact Us if you're interested; we'd love to hear from you.
We can’t thank our existing volunteer stewards enough for all of their continued support and generosity to our mission. We hope you will decide to join them.