Little Free Library Neighborhoods

We All Do Better When We All Read Better

“2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.”

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007

“Less than half of families read to their kindergarten-age children on a daily basis.”

West et. al, 2000

Let’s Take Action

Take action against reading failure. Engage our communities in reading.

You can turn your neighborhood into a Little Free Library Neighborhood!

We’ll show you how. Click the button below to claim your Little Free Library Neighborhood Toolkit. The Toolkit is jam-packed with dozens of activity ideas and insider tips from experienced Little Free Library stewards.

What’s in the Little Free Library Neighborhood Toolkit? It’s a completely free resource that provides dozens of ideas and tools to help your neighborhood organize around literacy. Start a story hour or book club in your neighborhood. Host a book parade. Read to an elderly neighbor. Donate books to your neighborhood Little Free Library. Open a Little Free Library of your own!

The toolkit includes big ideas and small ideas but they are ALL leading literacy in the right direction. Most of the ideas in the toolkit are tried and true by the hundreds of dedicated Little Free Library stewards—every day literacy warriors—in all types of neighborhoods around the world.

Young Girl Holding Book
Young Girl Holding Book

Reading Matters and Together, We Can Make a Difference

Little Free Library Neighborhood Spotlight

Dayna Gilbert of McMinnville, Oregon took her Little Free Library to the local farmers market to help spread awareness of their community’s 11 Little Free Libraries, including a map with all the locations on it and free books to give away. The event was wildly successful and definitely had a positive impact in the community!

Haley Yurkow of New Albany, Mississippi organized a summer reading challenge for her neighborhood. Participants were given a list of reading-related activities to complete over the course of the summer including, making their own book and decorating bookmarks! The reading challenge will conclude with a “Book-Out Cookout” block party at the end of the summer to celebrate everyone who participated.

Michelle Roy of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada made blank books and left them in her Little Free Library for her neighbors to write their own stories. Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest impact!

Nathalie Leclercq of Drongen, Belgium hosted a “Surprise Weekend” in her front yard for her neighbors. Books were nicely packed as if they were real presents – each guest was invited to take a book but there was one catch. The only thing they knew about each of the books was the first sentence that was copied on the back of the book, as a teaser. There were treats, friendly faces, and a lot of fun!

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What reading activities has your neighborhood implemented? Do you have some great photos to share? We would love to hear your stories and celebrate your successes.

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