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Little Free Library: Books for Everyone!

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Little Free Library: Books for Everyone!

These Little Free Library kiosks have been popping up all over Atlanta, and it turns out they’re helping folks share books around the world!

The Little Free Library’s mission is threefold:

  • To promote Literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
  • To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
  • To build 2,510 Libraries–as many as Andrew Carnegie–and keep going!

Don’t you just love that? It’s all about making books available to anyone who wants to read by providing a place where folks can give and take books for free!

Related Reading: 20 Ways to Reuse Old Books

I spotted the library pictured above on a run in my neighborhood. They used one of the pre-built libraries and incorporated an old newspaper box to hold even more free books! Here’s a bigger photo of that library:

Little Free Library, Atlanta

Starting a Little Free Library

On the Little Free Library site, you can order a pre-built “shed” or find plans to build one yourself. You can stick to the plan, or – like the one in my neighborhood – get creative with your library’s design!

The only mandatory fee associated with the Little Free Library is a $35 fee to register with the official group. This fee helps them keep the movement going, and it gets you on the worldwide map of Little Free Libraries. When you register, they send you a sign and a packet to help you get started. You can also request a book package to help stock your new lending library, though you do pay shipping and handling on the books.

Once you have your materials, you just set up the book shed and start sharing!

Have you spotted any Little Free Libraries near you?

On the next page, check out a news report about another Atlanta-area Little Free Library!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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1:28AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Thank you

6:04PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Wow! how cool is this!

1:16AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Just great!

5:59AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

I never bought any book! I always take them in public libraries... they should accept donations of old books btw, i'd be happy to donate them some I own... but noooo! they are ruined! Are you serious .__.?

5:53AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

great idea

7:39AM PDT on May 24, 2013

thanks

12:43PM PDT on May 21, 2013

I love the idea!!!

11:13AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Inspiring!

Such initiatives are helpful for many who like to gift their books without dumping

3:38AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Great!

12:18AM PDT on May 20, 2013

great idea

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