Little Free Library Unbound: A Digital Events Series

You’re invited! Join us for Little Free Library Unbound, our digital events series connecting stewards, supporters, and book-lovers of all kinds to chat about literacy, book sharing, stewardship, and moreAttendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guest panelists, and our moderator will lead a discussion alongside the Q&A.

Chapter 8 of LFL Unbound will air live on Thursday, August 12 at 4 pm CST. We will be joined by award-winning authors Grace Lin, Claire Fuller, and Karina Yan Glaser to discuss  the unique experience of being both an author and a Little Free Library steward! 

LFL Unbound: Chapter 8 Guest Panelists and Moderators

Grace Lin

Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, her Geisel Honor LING & TING, her National Book Finalist WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER and her Caldecott Honor A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR. But, it also causes Grace to persevere for diversity as an occasional New England Public Radio commentator and when she gave her TEDx talk “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” as well as her PBSNewHour video essay “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?.” She continued this mission with a hundred episodes of the podcast kidlitwomen* and now hosts two other podcasts: Book Friends Forever and Kids Ask Authors. In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Claire Fuller

Claire Fuller was born in Oxfordshire, England. She has written four novels: Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize; Swimming Lessons, Bitter Orange, and her most recent, Unsettled Ground, which is a finalist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester and lives in England with her husband.

Anita Merina

Anita Merina joined the Little Free Library board after retiring from the National Education Association where she coordinated NEA’s Read Across America program. During her tenure, Anita helped create NEA’s Books Across America school library grants and partnerships with Youth Service America, First Book, Heart of America Foundation, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Library of Congress, and We Need Diverse Books. Through her role, she also gained valuable experience in fundraising, celebrity and influencer outreach, community organizing, and strategic partnerships. Outside of literacy, she is a full-time glass artist and enjoys tennis and gardening.

Karina Yan Glaser

Karina Yan Glaser is the New York Times bestselling author of the Vanderbeeker series. She is a contributing editor for Book Riot and lives in Harlem with her husband, two daughters, and an assortment of rescue animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book. Find her online at www.karinaglaser.com.

Previously on LFL Unbound

To see all previous episodes of Unbound, visit our YouTube channel.

Chapter 7: Combating Summer Slide

In our seventh chapter of LFL Unbound, we spoke with award-winning author and illustrator Angela Dominguez and LFL steward McKenzie Cox about engaging middle-grade and YA readers to help combat the summer slide. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the LFL Unbound Chapter 7 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 6: Little Free Libraries in Unexpected Places

The sixth installment of LFL Unbound featured LFL stewards Dr. Russell Schnell (spoiler alert: he installed the first LFL at the South Pole!) and Nicole Sullivan of BookBar Denver.  If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the LFL Unbound Chapter 6 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 5: 2021 Todd H. Bol Award Nominees

The fifth chapter of Unbound included a Q&A with three of our 2021 nominees for the Todd H. Bol Award for Outstanding Achievement. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the LFL Unbound Chapter 5 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 4: LFL Stewardship 101

The fourth chapter of Unbound included a panel of three extraordinary LFL stewards – Talena Lachelle Queen, Ryan Glaze, and Misty Morris – who answered frequently asked questions about being the steward of a Little Free Library. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 4 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 3: Building a Book Oasis

The third chapter of LFL Unbound explored book deserts and mitigating them by building book oases and book-rich communities using Little Free Library book-sharing boxes. Our national board chair, Anita Merina, moderated Q&A sessions with Dr. Molly Ness, host of the End Book Deserts podcast, and Super Bowl and literacy champion Malcolm Mitchell.  If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 3 Show Notes  for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 2: Kindness Isn't Cancelled

The second chapter of LFL Unbound focused on the spirit of generosity central to stewardship and the joy of sharing books and resources with our communities. Our moderator, LFL national board chair Anita Merina, interviewed LFL steward Heather Butts and author Kate DiCamillo to chat about sharing books, pantry and hygiene items, and more. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 2 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Upcoming Chapters of Little Free Library Unbound

Don’t miss the next chapter! Sign up for our e-newsletter. Upcoming topics may include:

– Little Free Library Micro-Networks

– Literacy and Book Access in Indigenous Communities

– Read in Color: A Year in Review

– Book-Bombing Little Free Libraries

– LFL Stewardship FAQs

 

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