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 9 of LFL Unbound aired live on September 9. We hosted another LFL steward panel! This month, we were joined by stewards Kristine Dowhan, Lisa Lopez-Williamson, Krystn Monroe, and Yenny Yang to get their wisdom on some of our most frequently-asked questions about stewarding a Little Free Library.

LFL Unbound: Chapter 9 Guest Panelists and Moderators

Kristine Dowhan

Kristine Dowhan (Director and Chief Librarian) founded the St. Pete Shush in July 2020, after putting up her own Little Free Library at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. She brings 5 years of Business Management expertise to the Shush from the corporate world, focusing on organization, planning, growth, financials, and the strategic mission. Kristine has placed 236 upcycled newsstands in 207 locations to date and has built the Shush up to over 260 stewards throughout the Tampa Bay area. Kristine grew up near Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Mathematics.  She enjoys going out in St. Pete with her husband, curling up with her dog and a romance or YA novel, watching Downton Abbey, and doing home improvement projects around her home and her Little Free Library in her front yard, which she stewards with love and care.

Yenny Yang

Yenny Yang is the founder of Read 4 Unity – a grassroots initiative (now a 501c3 nonprofit!) that aims to be the bridge of unity by diversifying bookshelves and libraries with stories by BIPOC authors. They do this by collecting and distributing K-8 diverse books to teachers in Title 1 schools, little free libraries in underserved communities, and carefully identified nonprofit partners.

They installed a Read4Unity Little Free Library at Refuge Coffee (a nonprofit coffee house in Clarkston, GA, dubbed the most diverse square mile in America!), and in their FIRST year of operation, they have donated over 2200 brand new diverse books by BIPOC authors to these communities in ATL and nationwide.

Lisa Lopez

Lisa Lopez was the first person in Texas to install a Little Free Library, charter #007, which was built by LFL’s late founder Todd Bol. Lisa has donated 155 LFLs in El Paso and plans to donate another LFL to her current workplace in Albuquerque, New Mexico soon. Lisa’s inspiration to start LFLs was in response to school budget cuts and seeing a need for book access for students. Her own experience growing up in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico with limited book access led her to a deep appreciation for books. She regularly shares children’s books in LFLs in her new community.

Krystn Monroe

Krystn Monroe is the steward of The Monroe Family’s Purple Blossom Little Free Library (Charter #104898), a spinning box that matches her home in Poway, California, just outside of San Diego. The Monroes are a family of readers, writers and storytellers who established the library on the Fourth of July in 2020, at the height of the pandemic when schools and libraries were closed. Krystn has always loved reading — memorizing books at the age of 2 and reciting them back to her parents, thrilled to pretend she was truly reading. She received her first public library card in preschool and, in third grade, started volunteering at her school’s bookmobile. Krystn believes libraries — both big or little — are filled with just a bit of magic.

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.

Previously on LFL Unbound

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

Chapter 9: LFL Stewardship - Part 2

Chapter 9 of LFL Unbound aired live on September 9. We hosted another LFL steward panel! This month, we were joined by stewards Kristine Dowhan, Lisa Lopez-Williamson, Krystn Monroe, and Yenny Yang to get their wisdom on some of our most frequently asked questions about stewarding a Little Free Library. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 9 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 8: Authors and their LFLs

The eighth chapter of Unbound included a panel of three authors who steward their very own Little Free Libraries – Grace Lin, Claire Fuller, and Karina Yan Glaser – who answered questions about how they like to maintain their LFLs, what new books they’re working on, and more. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 8 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 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!

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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