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 more. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guest panelists, and our moderator will lead a discussion alongside the Q&A.

On our 17th chapter of Unbound, airing live at 4 pm CST on Thursday, June 9, LFL’s Program Coordinator Lexie Neeley will moderate a panel with Little Free Library volunteer stewards Aileen Flores, Patricia Turner, and Marion Waldman to answer questions from viewers and share resources for hosting events and activites at Little Free Libraries.

 

Chapter 17 Guests

Aileen Flores
Aileen Flores (she/her) has been a Little Free Library Steward since December 2021. She has worked in the communications, community affairs and government relations fields for more than 15 years. Being a steward enables her to use her event planning and community outreach experience to promote reading and the Little Free Library program in her community.
Trish Turner

Elisa Garcia (she/her) is the Supervising Librarian of Educator collections at The New York Public Library in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, and the New York City Department of Education.  She is motivated to foster a love of reading in reluctant readers and therefore strives to introduce them to a diverse world of experiences through books.

Marion Waldman

Laura Kleinmann (she/her) has been a librarian at the primary campus of the Oyster Adams Bilingual School for 26 years. She is a bilingual “library teacher” to 370 PK-3rd grader;  a steward of an LFL in a diverse DC neighborhood; and a proud mother of a bilingual 18 year/old. Her expertise is in Spanish-language children’s books and she is delighted to share it with fellow stewards.

Previously on LFL Unbound

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

Chapter 16: Serving Multilingual Communities

Our 16th chapter of Unbound highlighted Little Free Libraries in multilingual communities. We learned how to identify our communities’ unique needs, considerations we might make in choosing bilingual books, and making your LFLs accessible to people with different native languages from your own! LFL National Board chair Anita Merina moderated a panel with LFL steward and bilingual librarian Laura Kleinmann, public librarian Elisa Garcia, and bilingual author and public speaker Teresa Funke.  If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 16 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 15: Celebrating Indie Books

In honor of Independent Bookstore Day on April 30th, Chapter 15 of Unbound was an ode to both independent bookstores and authors. We talked with Chanda Austin, author of Qiana’s Braids, and Julie Thao of HmongBaby, about publishing independently and forging local relationships to share their stories. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 15 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 14: Book Bombing

Our 14th chapter of Unbound aired live on Thursday, March 10. We covered the topic of book-bombing, an activity where groups or individuals provide a large donation of books to a Little Free Library. Our national board chair, Anita Merina, moderated Q&A sessions with LFL steward and prolific book-bomber Dan Wiswell and used bookseller Kate Berwanger, who book-bombs by bike. LFL’s Megan Hanson shared tips for book-bombing using LFL’s brand new mobile app and answered app-related questions! If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 14 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 13: Sourcing Books

Our 13th chapter of Unbound aired live on Thursday, February 10. We were be joined by two experienced stewards to hear their best tips for sourcing books to keep their Little Free Libraries stocked. LFL’s Program Coordinator Lexie Neeley moderated a panel with Libby MacDonald and Leslie Gang to answer questions from viewers and share resources for free books for LFL stewards. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 13 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 12: Action Book Club

Chapter 12 of Little Free Library Unbound, Action Book Club, aired live on Thursday, January 13. We were joined by Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, brothers Asher and Zane Kohn, and Jen Pierce to talk about how books inspire them to make the world a better place. Little Free Library board member and literacy leader and changemaker Dr. Ken Kunz joined us this month as moderator! If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 12 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 11: Organizations Utilizing Little Free Libraries

Chapter 11 of Little Free Library Unbound, Organizations Utilizing Little Free Libraries, aired live on Thursday, December 9. We were joined by LFL volunteer stewards Cindy Eggleton (Brilliant Detroit – Detroit, MI), Amanda Randall (Home Yard Cottages – Spokane, WA), Scarlett Salamone (Loveland Acres Farm – Elkhorn, WI) and Grant Gliniecki (Giitigan – Lansing, MI) who are using Little Free Libraries to extend the reach of their organizations’ programs. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 11 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

– Read in Color and Antiracist Little Free Libraries

– Serving Multilingual Communities

– Book-Bombing Little Free Libraries

– LFL Stewardship FAQs

 

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