Little Free Library Unbound: A Digital Events Series

You’re invited! Join us for Little Free Library Unbound, our new 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.

The sixth installment of LFL Unbound aired live on Thursday, June 10 at 4 pm CST. We explored Little Free Libraries in Unexpected Places and chatted with LFL stewards Dr. Russell Schnell (spoiler alert: he installed the first LFL at the South Pole!) and Nicole Sullivan of BookBar Denver.

LFL Unbound: Chapter 6 Guest Panelists and Moderators

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan is the owner of BookBar in Denver, CO, a bookstore wine bar. She is also the founder and president of BookGive, which is her bookstore’s non-profit arm. BookGive operates much like a large Little Free Library, accepting book donations from the community for redistribution to organizations and individuals in need of books in the Metro Denver area. Recently, Nicole launched readclubhub.com which connects readers to book clubs and book clubs to independent bookstores. She lives in Denver with her husband and two teenage children and is constantly dreaming up new book-related business ideas.

Dr. Russell Schnell

Dr. Russell Schnell established the first Little Free Library in Antarctica. Because of this, there are now little libraries on every continent. Schnell—an atmospheric scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change—built the Little Free Library at his home in Boulder, Colorado, then shipped it to the South Pole, where he had previously worked. The Little Free Library is located inside NOAA’s Atmospheric Research Observatory. The South Pole Little Free Library is Schnell’s 37th installation. He built his first library in 2013 for his daughter’s home in St. Louis followed by another for his own home. Since then he has created libraries for locations like Mount Fuji, Japan; an Aboriginal area in Warrnambool, Australia; and a First Peoples Cree reserve in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. Schnell prides himself on using recycled materials whenever he can.

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

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!

Chapter 1: Introducing Read in Color

The first chapter of Unbound introduced our Read in Color program and featured guest panelists who were partners in the Read in Color launch! LFL national board chair, Anita Merina, moderated Q&A sessions with award-winning author Tameka Fryer Brown, as well as owner of Black Garnet Books, Dionne Sims. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 1 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

– Combating Summer Slide and Engaging Middle/YA Readers

– Literacy and Book Access in Indigenous Communities

– Authors and their Little Free Libraries

– Read in Color: A Year in Review

 

Follow Us on Social Media

Follow us and be the first to know when we announce new chapters of Little Free Library Unbound!

Pin It on Pinterest