If you love to read and don’t always have time to go to the bookstore or Amazon, set up a Little Free Library in your own front yard. I’m not kidding! There are so many good reasons to do this, including the selfish ones–free books! Right here, I’ll make a Free Library easy for you, too.
The Little Free Library website gives insight and how to set one up and how to get involved with your local community. A map locates the LFL’s near you if you’d just like to donate or peruse without the hassle of building and maintaining your own library. LFL also provides resources for community involvement including team builds and sponsorship programs.
First, I had to find a way to build my Little Free Library. LFL Kits are available on line, but I found they are expensive. Luckily, I know a few men who happen to be handy with a saw. We found scrap wood from other projects, and I had some extra cabinet hinges and a knob in one of our junk drawers. (Go figure!) It took my friend about three weeks in his spare time, but the result is timeless.
Don’t know anyone with woodworking talent? Check out this link, and try using sturdy, found objects as weatherproof book holders. I love the idea of using an old microwave! It’s the best use for old appliances that I’ve heard of.
When my children grew up and moved away, they left me an enormous number of books. Though I love a library, I don’t necessarily want it in my house. A Little Free Library was the perfect answer. It’s a great way to share your books and encourage kids to read.
Be sure to register your Little Free Library with LFL.org.
For library stewards, the website provides a map locator and support, plus ideas for community involvement. For example, April is National Poetry Month. Perhaps you’d like to fill your library with Shel Silverstein or T. S. Elliot.
Don’t worry, maintenance for your LFL won’t be hard once your neighbors find you. I’ve discovered that most readers are eager to visit my library to discover what’s new inside. And folks love to swap books too. Occasionally I have to restock. When I do, I visit my local used bookstore. They even give a discount for LFL stewards!
My real-life job is teaching piano. Forty children come and go from my house every week, so adding the LFL felt like a continuation or extension of my teaching. I love to share books and I love to talk to my students about what they are reading–especially if it involves Harry Potter.
You may not have many children in your neighborhood. Perhaps you live in a community of adults. Start a Cozy Mystery swap or a Romance Readers club. Little Free Library was started by someone just like you, a lover of books. Share the wealth. I hope I’ve given you plenty of reasons and ways to start.
Questions? Throw me an email. I’d love to hear from you!