Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to share a story about how a steward and her family are honoring their mother this year. The Hubbard family lost their beloved mother Bess to cancer in 2013. She was a lover of books, and often gave well-loved books to friends.

In honor of Bess and her love of reading, the family is hosting a ticketed fundraising event in September called Bess’s Book Club. A guest author will speak and share books with attendees at the event. All proceeds will benefit Little Free Library and support our mission to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges worldwide.

Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story. Because hers is where yours begins. – Mitch Albom

The family first installed a Little Free Library in 2017. “Mom would have loved this idea of Little Free Libraries,” says Libby Hubbard-Stegger. “Sharing stories with others was part of who she was. I imagine her watching her grandchildren run to the Little Free Library awaiting the literary surprises inside. This fundraiser is our way of carrying on her legacy.”

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A family reads next to a Little Free Library.

You can be the story of change. Honor your mother or someone you love with a gift to Little Free Library. We’re pleased to announce that we will be unveiling our new online Memorial Wall in the next few weeks. When you make a donation of $50 or more in honor of a loved one, you may choose to share a quote, memory or story about your loved one on our Memorial Wall.

You could also host a fundraiser like Libby and her family, or keep it simple and run a Facebook Fundraiser. By running either type of fundraiser and raising $100 or more, you will be eligible to receive a 10th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion from Little Free Library.

If you have any questions about fundraisers, please contact me at mdavies(at)

Melissa Davies
Director of Development
Little Free Library

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