On May 21, 2016, thousands gathered in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis to celebrate the joys of sharing books and reading with a colorful day of Library-building, storytelling, performance, poetry, and more!
Couldn’t be there? Check out the highlights in the videos below!
Enjoy These Activities Throughout the Day!
Canine Costume Contest & Parade at Noon
100-Library Volunteer Building Event
Volunteers including members of civic groups and area peace officers will assemble Libraries in shifts throughout the day. It will be a demonstration of a key component of Little Free Library’s Kids, Communities and Cops program which brings peacekeepers and neighbors together in support of reading. Want to participate? Click here to sign up for the build!
Pop-up Puppet Shows with Soozin Hirschmugl
"If I Were Harry Potter” with Jeff Kamin
Tutus-on-Wheels Challenge at 2 pm
How many bicyclists, tricyclists, unicyclists, skate-boarders, wagon-pullers, and stroller-pushers will accept the dare to don a tutu for the Tutus-on-Wheels Challenge? For this fundraiser, contributors will be asked to pledge a per-tutu payment and then see what the actual number is when the wheelin’ tutu-wearers depart the start line to ply the park’s paths.
Tutu-wearing Participants: If you don’t have a tutu, they will be available for a small fee on site the day of the event, or they may be purchased in advance at Freewheel Bike’s Midtown, West Bank, and Eden Prairie locations starting April 15. Participants may pre-register online here, or register in person on the day of the event.
Contributors: Click here to pledge your support in advance, or you can pledge in person at the Festival.
Proceeds will support LFL’s mission to spread the joy and power of reading through book sharing.
Random Acts of Poetry Readings
Song Circle with Dan Chouinard and Special Guests Ann Reed and Prudence Johnson
“Lyrical Mural” with Larry Long, Van Nixon, Joe Savage, Abdulkadir Said and More
Little Library Launch at 3:45 pm with Larry Long and Kevin Kling
Bring a Book to Share or Read
Free Haircuts and Hairsprays with Courtney Holmes, Hosted by T. Mychael Rambo
Music by The Brass Messengers
Follow #LFLFestival on Social Media! Join in the festivities wherever you are! We’ll be tweeting and posting pictures and video snippets, and we encourage everyone to get in the spirit:
- Use our Festival hashtag: #LFLFestival
- Use the Tutus-on-Wheels hashtag: #TutuMob
- Click here to RSVP to the Festival Facebook event and share it with your friends!
- Click here to download a PDF Festival flier you can print and share. (Prints double-sided on 8.5″ x 11″ standard paper.)
Bike Friendliness! The Little Free Library Festival is a bike-friendly event with an expanded numbers of bike racks and a special area set aside for cyclists. Caution! You may be asked to wear a tutu for our fundraiser!
There’s Still Time to Volunteer!
We need volunteers like you for general tasks as well as for specific activities! Most volunteer shifts will last 2-3 hours. Activities include the Book Exchange Table, 100-Library Build, Canine Costume Parade, Tutus-on-Wheels Fundraiser, Harry Potter game, Storybook Barbers, and more!
Click here to sign up to volunteer for the 100-Library Build (no previous building experience required to participate).
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Friends!
Minuteman Press, Hudson • Freewheel Bike • Whole Foods • Penguin Random House • Peace Coffee and Moon Palace Books • Graywolf Press • Common Good Books • Red Balloon • Coffee House Press • Milkweed Editions • Hennepin County Library • Chuck and Don’s • William Marvy Company • TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union
A special thank you to our Media Partner:
Apply to obtain a free Festival Library!
We are setting aside a few of the Libraries from the 100 being built at the Festival and inviting the public to apply to take home. Submit your application by May 18 for consideration. Update, May 18: Application period has ended.