by Todd Bol
Help us get books into the hands of those who need them most through free books exchanges installed in rural and urban book deserts.
About this project
For millions this world already exists.They live in book deserts-rural or urban areas where books are difficult to access or afford. Little Free Library aims to fill book deserts with its free book exchanges. #givebooks
For many, they rarely have a reason to talk with those closest to them. Little Free Library is a catalyst for neighborhood conversation as stories are swapped, literature shared and deeper connections made. Little Free Library brings literacy right to the curbside, building cultures of readers.
Each Little Free Library acts as a “mini town square” and book distribution center, where children and adults can meet, connect and pick up a good book. An individual or group of stewards regularly cares for each Library and ensures that it is in good repair, friendly and regularly stocked with high-quality books.
Hailed by the New York Times as a “global sensation,” Little Free Libraries are becoming a widely accepted way to not only share books and encourage the love of reading, but strengthen community ties and connect face-to-face in an increasingly digital world.
Little Free Library‘s Libraries of Understanding help police departments and civic groups build relationships with whom they protect and serve, and provide youths hope of brighter futures through the wonder of books. #givebooks
Little Free Library’s global literacy network of over 25,000 book exchanges, cared for by book-loving stewards, is having a big impact.
We want to double and deepen this impact and build 50,000 free book exchanges in just two years. With a little help from friends like you, we can reach this goal.
Help us “kick start” this initiative today.
“When my husband and I planted a Little Free Library — a community book exchange — in front of our Minneapolis bungalow, the response from the neighborhood was immediate, and immediately positive.”
5 Reasons To Love Little Free Libraries – Huffington Post
“It is, to me, an almost perfect expression of literary democracy: Take a book, return a book, reading not as commodity exchange but exchange of identity, of ideas.”
Literary democracy in action: ‘The Little Free Library Book’ – Los Angeles Times
“The gentleman that’s in charge of the Center for the Book said that Little Free Library is the hottest literacy movement in the world,” Bol said. “I thought, ‘OK, I’ll take that.'”Spread the words: Little Free Libraries find global following – MPR News
“If books are your heart and soul, you want to share that with your friends and neighbors. It becomes something that excites people.”
Little Free Libraries aim to grow beyond neighborhood curiosity – Chicago Tribune
Have questions? Please visit our FAQ here: littlefreelibrary.org/faqs.
Risks and challenges
There are potential potential delays in finding stewards to oversee libraries that we are able to fund.