Did you know many traditional library systems use Little Free Libraries to connect with their communities? This week Little Free Library is partnering with the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) to celebrate how “big libraries” utilize “little libraries” to engage readers.
“Little Free Library Week celebrates the meaningful difference and positive impact that Little Free Libraries have in neighborhoods across the United States and around the world,” said David Kelsey, ABOS president, pictured below. “A Little Free Library promotes literacy, encourages reading, fosters the sense of community spirit, and gets books and materials into the hands of adults, teens, children, and families.
“Little Free Library Week recognizes Little Free Library initiatives that libraries (public, academic, school), businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals have spearheaded, highlighting how Little Free Libraries serve as an outreach tool to bring communities together as well as a vehicle to nurture the importance of life-long learning and love of reading.”
Libraries in Action
In celebration of Little Free Library Week, librarians submitted photos of their Little Free Libraries and shared how the book boxes are benefitting their communities. Here are just a few of the wonderful examples:
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, New York (LFL Charter #68634)
“Our Little Free Library allows the public to take advantage of reading 24/7, with or without a library card. It gives us an opportunity to share the wealth with people from all backgrounds, adds to the beauty of our outdoor gardens, and puts us on the map with Little Free Libraries. It encourages people to come inside and experience the library as well!”
Mississippi Library Commission (LFL Charter #46953)
“The Mississippi Library Commission is in a high-traffic walking area in a residential neighborhood. Our Little Free Library is on the main path, so it’s a great way to show people out exercising that we’re not only here, but that we’re ready to serve.”
Bay County Public Library Foundation, Florida (LFL Charter #73438)
“When Hurricane Michael damaged or destroyed all of our libraries, our Little Free Libraries remained standing! During the weeks without libraries, power, or internet, we could still share BOOKS!!!”
White Pine Library District, Michigan (LFL Charter #120447)
“We are a sprawling, rural community. Many people do not have easy access to our main library in Stanton, so we have placed 4 more Little Free Libraries around our district.”
Salina Public Library, Kansas (LFL Charter #42254)
“Our rocket LFL is one of 10 owned by my library. We placed it in Steve Hawley Park, named for a local astronaut and which has space-themed playground equipment. We have volunteers adopt our LFLs for a year to help stock them with books and keep them tidy. The volunteers take great pride in their job and that serves to build trust and advocacy for the library, as well as gets books into the hands of our community members.”
Hill Library, New Hampshire (LFL Charter #100095)
“We’ve built relationships with families in town who take turns maintaining it.”
Glen Ellyn Public Library, Illinois (LFL Charter #112637)
“Parks are community gathering spaces, places for discovery, and often the favorite places of kids! We hope that because our new Little Free Library is at one of our parks that is not in close physical proximity to the library building, it will offer visitors a convenient place to find something to read and remind everyone enjoying the park about the library. “
To learn how to launch your own Little Free Library book-sharing box, visit our Get Started page!