Shipping Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library staffer Zach Wegner ships Libraries to Impact Fund recipients.

“Stories are for everyone, and Little Free Library ensures that everyone can have a story.”

—Kate DiCamillo, two-time Newbery Award Winner

Little Free Libraries are wonderfully inclusive, welcoming people of all ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds to take a book, share a book, and enjoy a book.

Just as we want everyone to have access to free books, we want everyone who wants one to have a Little Free Library—regardless of their ability to pay for it. That’s why the Little Free Library nonprofit organization has the Impact Library Program, a donor-driven program that invites people to apply to receive a Little Free Library book exchange at no cost.

The response to our Impact Library Program has been enthusiastic. In our first month, we received more than 100 applications from families and organizations around the country who are motivated to make a positive change in their neighborhoods by starting Little Free Libraries.

Their letters were powerful. One applicant told us: “I want to facilitate the change that I want to see in my community. Hopefully, it will inspire others to do the same.”

We were thrilled to be able to fulfill the dreams of seven applicants from that first round. Among the recipients were:

  • A family in Illinois who is committed to “rebuilding a broken city one block at a time.”
  • A vice-principal of a school in a Georgia town where thirty percent of the residents cannot read.
  • A family services center in a Los Angeles suburb where there is only one public library to serve 335,000 residents.

Sending out Little Free Libraries to these recipients made us proud—but there were many other worthy applicants we were unable to serve. That’s where you come in!

Please join us in bringing Little Free Library book exchanges to neighborhoods where they can inspire readers, spark creativity, and strengthen community ties. Donate to the Impact Library Program. Your contribution will go directly to helping provide Libraries for Impact Fund applicants.

Thank you! And stay tuned as were share stories from Impact Library recipients making a difference in towns and cities throughout the country.

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