Five-year-old Logan Brinson loves to read. So when the preschooler and his parents moved to Alpha, Illinois—population 700—and discovered the town didn’t have a public library, they decided to bring books to their neighborhood another way. Logan and his family created a Little Free Library in their front yard.
When the Little Library launched in the summer of 2018, the Brinsons had no idea it would reach beyond their community to touch the hearts of readers around the world.
Dubbed “Logan’s Little Library,” the neighborhood book exchange was an instant hit with Alpha residents of all ages, and books began flowing in and out of the Library daily. You can find this Little Library, charter #85848, on our world map.
“I love to share my books with everybody,” Logan says.
“It has really brought our community together, and he loves watching kids come check out a book,” adds Logan’s dad, Brandon.
While the Brinson family has access to a public library the next town over, they wanted a library that local kids could reach by walking or biking. Logan’s mom, Leigh, suggested a Little Library, and it soon became a family project. Logan’s grandparents helped create the structure from a retired newspaper dispenser, making its production a three-generation activity. (Learn how to make your own version in our blog post How to Turn a Newspaper Vending Box into a Little Free Library.)
Soon local TV station WQAD took notice of Logan’s Little Library. You can watch the story here:
Since Logan’s Little Library opened, big things have happened. Logan’s Facebook page went viral, and book donations began pouring in from across the country and around the world. To date, the Brinson family has received more than 2,500 books from as far away as Australia and South Africa. Logan was also honored by United States House of Representatives’ Cheri Bustos on the U.S. House floor for the Little Library initiative.
“It has been an incredible journey,” says dad Brandon.
But Logan isn’t done yet: His second Little Free Library is set to open in Alpha soon, with dreams of more on the horizon. Congratulations, Logan, and keep up the great work!
Are you inspired by Logan’s story? Learn how you can start your own Little Free Library here.