There are now over 20,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide…a feat that we have accomplished together in about 2 1/2 years. That’s crazy. Holy cow do we feel honored to take part in the creation of such an awesome network of book lovers around the world!

Happy Holidays and thank you for all that you have done to share the joy of reading – this cute 1-minute video says it all.

As we roll into 2015, we’d like to share some tips from stewards who have learned what makes a successful Little Free Library. This can be your best year yet!

Look what we’ve accomplished together!

Jean Fischer is a freelance writer and former editor and creative director at Golden Books Publishing Company in Wisconsin. She also has a Little Free Library at her home and has some great tips for new stewards.

She wisely stocks her Library with treats for our four-legged companions and quickly learned that children’s books are a hot commodity. Perhaps Jean’s best piece of advice is the realization that it is not her Little Free Library but rather it is everyone’s Little Free Library. She’s like a librarian sitting behind a desk…always ready to help, but letting her neighbors and friends enjoy and use the Library freely.

Swapna Krishna (we previously shared her excellent post on how to host a Little Library Takeover) is a contributing editor for Book Riot and blogger and book reviewer at S. Krishna’s Books.

She has an entire section of her website dedicated to her Little Free Library, which we highly recommend. It’s chock full of tips for how to be a good Library steward.

For example, don’t forget to leave room in your Library for book donations and just give in and recycle old books that nobody wants to read. She also writes about an incident of book “theft” and how to be an awesome Little Library patron.

We also shared some advice from Diane Kirkpatrick, a steward in Louisville, Kentucky whose Little Library is so popular that it literally overflows with books. Diane devised some brilliant outreach tactics that anyone can use and will help you maintain a popular, well-used Little Free Library for years to come.

We hope these experienced stewards help you have a fantastic 2015.

P.S. Did you know? Last year with your help, we were able to donate hundreds of Libraries to communities in need and provide support to the growing network of over 20,000 stewards.

 If you love Little Free Libraries and the resources on our website, please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us keep the movement going. Donate here.

Want more tips and advice? Find more posts in the Rebuild and Revitalize series here.

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