The 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago boasted 25,000 attendees, including Little Free Library staff and volunteers!
For us, it was three days jam-packed with 6 Library builds, 10 Libraries given away, hundreds of conversations with librarians and fans, and dozens of interesting new partnerships sparked (including some fascinating conversations with Google and NASA).
A sponsored Library build is fun community service activity for organizations or businesses, where you can build a Little Free Library in just a few hours.
Then, you can choose to keep it, or donate it to an underprivileged neighborhood through Little Free Library’s Impact Fund.
Hundreds of attendees entered to win one of 10 Little Libraries that we gave away during the conference, with winners spanning from Bowling Green, Ohio to North Pole, Alaska! (Yes, that really is the name of the town.)
During the conference we also excitedly announced our second Action Book Club Theme, “Many Voices.” Since then, we’ve had dozens of new groups swell our ranks to over 350 Action Book Clubs around the world!