One question we hear often is how do I keep people interested in my Library after the initial excitement wears off?

Some neighborhoods just naturally adopt Libraries and a steady ebb and flow of books comes naturally.

Swapna's Little Free Library!

Swapna’s Little Free Library!

For others, it takes a little more work, especially if you aren’t in the busiest location. One idea we love comes to us from Swapna Krishna, Little Free Library steward, book reviewer, contributing editor to Book Riot and creative genius behind S. Krishna’s Books.

Swapna has started doing Little Free Library Takeovers, where she picks a day (or a few days) and she stocks her Library with exclusively one title and tells all of her friends and neighbors to come check it out.

It’s a great way to mix things up, re-engage your friends and neighbors and showcase a book that you think people should read.

In this 5-minute video, Swapna tells you how to host a takeover!

OK, we admit – Swapna has it easier than most since publishers send her copies of new titles to review. You probably don’t have that same set-up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t host a takeover!

If you don’t have a ton of copies of the same book, try featuring a specific genre, author or publisher. How about a classic or vintage book weekend? Or a Harry Potter party? You could ask the public library or a local book store to donate copies for a takeover and you’ll advertise the partnership with fliers, bookmarks and social media posts. Get creative!

Want to know more about Library Takeovers, learn which publishers you should contact and see a proven email template that will get you free books? Click here.

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