Maintaining a Little Free Library
Maintaining a Little Free Library can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it also takes some effort and experimentation.
On this page we share success stories from other stewards, our favorite activity ideas and Library enhancements, plus some of our favorite resources for stewards that we encourage you to take advantage of!
We regularly update this page, so we hope you will keep coming back for more.
Meet The Stewards
Richard Murray put up Little Free Library #15700 in the North Chicago suburbs in 2014. He spent several years acting as its volunteer steward, trying out different ideas like adding a guest book for comments and a water dish for dogs. He'd reached that happy moment...read more
Savannah Lewis knew that many rural neighborhoods and small towns in Texas did not have public libraries or easy access to books. So for her Girl Scout Gold Award, she focused on ways that she could provide easy access to affordable books in rural neighborhoods near La Vernia, Texas. She ultimately built two Little Free Library book-sharing boxes…read more
This post is part of Little Free Library’s Steward Spotlight series! This series delves into the diversity of steward experience and uncovers the challenges, surprises, and best practices of Little Free Library volunteer stewards around the world. In October 2017,...read more
Activities and Crafts
Using repurposed materials to build a Little Free Library book-sharing box is not only eco-friendly, but it can result in some pretty wild Little Free Library designs! When it comes down to it, you just need a structure that can hold books, and the designs below show...read more
We've talked about Little Free Library crawls before, but the city of Saline, Michigan, put a fun twist on the traditional idea in an event that we think you'll definitely want to try! In a collaborative "Passport to the World of Books" event, volunteers and residents...read more
You might not suspect it, but your book-sharing box probably gets late-night visitors. It's more common than you think! But keeping your Little Free Library lit up for those night-owl browsers can be a challenge. Solar lights to the rescue! Adding a solar light is a...read more