Little Free Library and Penguin Random House Share Hundreds of Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

By Sarah Nelson

We were thrilled to partner with Penguin Random House in May 2023 to honor Mental Health Awareness Month. Through the partnership, PRH sponsored 20 Little Free Library book-sharing boxes granted to high-need communities via LFL’s Impact Library Program, provided more than 500 mental health–focused books for those libraries, and offered an additional 2,000 books for a national giveaway.

“It is an honor to be working with Penguin Random House to share resources to inform and educate about a variety of mental health issues as part of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month,” said LFL Executive Director Greig Metzger. “With Penguin Random House’s grant funding and book donations, Little Free Library will be able to expand book access in deserving communities, as well as share relevant titles across the Little Free Library network of book-exchange boxes.”

Titles among the dozens featured in the project include:

  • The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
  • Lighter: Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future by Yung Pueblo
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who’s Been There by Tara Schuster
  • The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life by Mark Epstein

“We always love collaborating with Little Free Library—their one-of-a-kind network helps communities across the country get equitable access to books, a mission that is more important than ever in today’s climate,” said Claire von Schilling, EVP, Director, Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility, Penguin Random House. “We are especially excited to work with LFL for Mental Health Awareness Month to provide mental-health focused books from our authors that help readers feel seen and understood.”

Locations for the new mental health–focused Little Free Libraries include a detention center in Alvarado, Texas; a school district in Redding, California; a public park in Rockton, Pennsylvania; and a community garden in New York City.

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a 20-book bundle from Penguin Random House.

You can learn more about our Impact Library Program and see a list of current giveaways on our Book Opportunities page.

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