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Little Free Libraries

Published September 7, 2011

A concept this magical hasn’t captured my attention on such obsessive proportions since the discovery of fairy steampunk tea parties, unicorns, and snickerdoodles dipped in white chocolate. 

Little Free Libraries

Promoting “literacy and the love of reading” while building a sense of community through sharing. Suggestions for placement are in community gardens, parks, hospice and health centers, and neighborhoods. Give a book, take a book, with the idea of paying it forward.

Okay, seriously? What more magical way to spend the autumn season, with its cozy crackly fires and damp leaves and afternoon tea with the neighbors, than by putting up a cute little neighborhood library to share BOOKS with said neighbors? I want one. On my street. In my driveway. In fact, excuse me while I go find my husband and plead with his engineering self to build me one for my very own.

In the meantime, you must read about these Little Free Libraries.

And then you must visit their website.

And don’t eat my white chocolate snickerdoodles until I return.


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18 Responses to “Little Free Libraries”

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  1. 09.7.2011 / 3:35 pm


    Ooohhh I will totally contribute to our neighborhood little library :) I’ll also be popping in for some of your cookies, tea, and cozy fire.

  2. 09.7.2011 / 4:05 pm


    Can we get one with the snow too? I would really love that…and a crackling fire.

  3. 09.7.2011 / 4:27 pm

    Mekenzi Stephens

    Yes, I want the one in the snow…I also want the neighborhood the one in the snow is in.

  4. 09.7.2011 / 4:31 pm


    I was thinking the same thing, Pati! We’re so desperate for snow, the husband is plotting to build a snow machine this year…I’ll keep you posted. ;-)

    Lori, I’ve decided that it’s kinda like an adult version of Barbie’s mansion…but for books. Am I right or am I right?

    Mekenzi, perhaps this is why people own two houses. One for snow. One for summer. Hmm…I could get into that. :-)

  5. 09.7.2011 / 8:47 pm


    Wow what a lovely idea. And really its something very simple, but just kinda great. I so wish there was one here. I might have to look into creating one for the neighborhood. Love this!

  6. 09.8.2011 / 8:22 am


    What a great, adorable idea! Bucket of Books in Atascadero has a wonderful free box of books in front of their store. They just need some tips such as these photos to make their great idea adorable.

  7. 09.8.2011 / 10:28 am

    Juju at Tales of Whimsy...

    OMG I am totally crazy about this idea. Wow.

  8. 09.10.2011 / 10:14 am

    Lisa Zisa


  9. 09.10.2011 / 8:10 pm

    Tania. F. Walsh

    I love that idea… how awesome… wish I found one of those boxes… I’d swap a book:) Very magical indeed.

  10. 09.11.2011 / 3:45 pm

    Daniella Indie

    So pretty! Much nicer than the “library” at our apartment complex. Although I’m a huge fan of the idea, the only books on the shelf are bodice-rippers and The Book of Mormon. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a hunky male and pathetic female in an unrealistic romantic drama, but that’s not the ONLY thing I want to read! Although, it might be interesting to read the BoM someday…

  11. 09.12.2011 / 8:49 am


    Jade, you and me both!

    Heather, I’ll definitely have to check that place out.

    Juji, thanks for the visit and follow!

    Lisa, exactly.

    Tania, wouldn’t that be the most perfect thing to happen-upon on a hike or walk?!

    Dani, you made me laugh. I LOVE that your complex has a library! Way cool. Perhaps you should stick some Dostoyevsky or Chaucer in there and see if anyone takes them…

  12. 09.12.2011 / 4:09 pm

    Daniella Indie

    Hey, you know what your website needs? (this has nothing to do with the free libraries post.. I’m just throwing it into the mix.) A search bar. So I can search your recipes. Because I think I want to make your balsamic chicken for dinner tonight and I’m not as cool as you are with memorizing everything. However, I can’t find it. So I guess my kids are getting toast for dinner tonight. And it’s all your fault. =P

  13. 09.12.2011 / 4:24 pm

    Daniella Indie

    Found it! So glad my children won’t starve tonight! =P

  14. 09.12.2011 / 4:43 pm


    Hahahaha… *phew*

    Um, that’s actually a really good idea. I think I’ll mention it to Mr. Webmaster, Garth, and see if he can hook us up. Great suggestion. ;-)

  15. 09.12.2011 / 5:29 pm

    Kristen Evey

    This, is seriously awesome. And the top picture looks like Narnia. Two awesome things! :D

  16. 09.12.2011 / 10:49 pm

    S. L. Hennessy

    Hi! I stumbled across your blog today and was totally captivated by the Little Free Libraries! What a cool concept – thanks for sharing. And great blog by the way!! I can’t wait to read more posts!
    And PS. A few months ago you commented on a friend of mine’s blog that you liked the title of my book (The Evil Overlord Society’s Guide to Becoming an Evil Overlord). Thanks so much for the comment! It was great to hear :)

  17. 09.12.2011 / 10:51 pm

    S. L. Hennessy

    Oh, and PPS. Saw you’re reading A Wrinkle in Time – it’s my favorite book. Hope you enjoy reading it!

  18. 09.21.2011 / 3:39 pm


    I got the “Narnia chill” too, Kristen!

    And hello, S. L. Hennessy! I totally remember your book. Fab title! I’ll be stopping in for a visit on your blog! ;-) Thank you!


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