Why are Little Free Library book exchanges special? Surely, free-sharing bookshelves have existed in coffee shops and other locations around the world before Little Free Libraries took off in 2009.

A Little Free Library in Anchorage, Alaska!

A Little Free Library in Anchorage, Alaska!

And they’re just boxes full of books, right?

Well, we think they’re much more than that…and we’re not the only ones.

As of July 2015, there are over 30,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide. We’ve heard thousands of stories of longtime neighbors finally meeting face-to-face, shy folks finding ways to connect with their communities, real estate agents making sales after buyers see Little Free Libraries in prospective neighborhoods, marriage proposals that lead to friendships with Library stewards…we could go on.

These little book exchanges are about community connection, just as much as they’re about books and literacy.

But don’t take our word for it. Let the heartwarming stories below change your mind.

Read more Little Free Library steward stories here.

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