Little Free Library’s Action Book Club, which blends reading and social engagement, is going strong after its first year. More than 500 groups—and thousands of people—have formed Action Book Clubs in the United States, the UK, Canada, China, Russia, the Netherlands, Uganda, Tanzania, Taiwan, India, the Philippines and more.
Now the Action Book Club is launching a new theme: Everyday Heroes, celebrating acts of bravery, character, and kindness that transform our world in ways big and small. Check out our recommended reading list for adults, teens, and children with books that reflect this theme, which will be active through July 2018.
“The Little Free Library Action Book Club is a beautiful and important way to spread love and kindness throughout the world, one book and one good deed at a time,” says author (and Little Free Library steward!) Karina Yan Glaser, whose book The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street appears on the reading list.
The Action Book Club invites groups to sign up, read and discuss books together, then take part in service projects to benefit their communities. When Action Book Clubs share their stories online, they can inspire others to take action where they live, too.
Sign up your Action Book Club by February 5, and you’ll be entered to win a special book package of Action Book Club “Everyday Hero” titles. (Existing Action Book Clubs will be automatically entered.) Winners will be announced by email on February 7.
The Everyday Heroes theme was inspired in part by Little Free Library volunteer stewards who give back to their communities 365 days a year. Little Free Library founder and executive director Todd H. Bol sees the Action Book Club as another powerful way people can foster positive change in their neighborhoods.
“The Action Book Club is a way for us all to be heroes in our communities. Even the smallest action can make a difference, starting a ripple effect of good deeds,” says Bol. “When you share your story, you can inspire others. You can be the story of change.”
Existing Action Book Clubs have generated a wealth of community service projects including:
- Neighbors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, read Tribe by Sebastian Junger and then packed nourishing weekend meals for underserved schoolchildren and their families.
- A group of teachers and high-school students in Mooresville, North Carolina, read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and then created no-sew blankets for newborns in need.
- A third-grade classroom in Cleveland, Ohio, read Look Where We Live! A First Book of Community Building by Scot Ritchie and then started a school recycling program.