Our Very Own Little Free Library



For the past several months, I’ve been working with a local literacy coalition to help promote the love of reading in our schools and regional communities.  One of the ideas that we proposed was to promote Little Free Libraries in our urban and rural environments.  I figured the best way for me to promote this idea was to create one myself.  

Throughout the campaign we’ve been stressing the use of recycled materials and simplistic design.  When I presented the idea to my husband, the creative juices began to flow and he soon constructed this adorable residential Little Free Library.  To learn more about constructing and registering your very own LFL, visit littlefreelibrary.org

This is a grass roots movement and the LFL site includes a world map where registered LFL locations are posted so that those interested in doing a tour or an afternoon bike ride to visit all of the “mini libraries” in their area can print the map and get going.

As I mentioned earlier, we promote the idea of using simplistic, recycled materials to bring to life this lovely idea to stress the importance of reading in your community.  Use old furniture, large baskets, cartons, or plastic tubs to make inexpensive, upcyled models.  My husband found scrap wood and other building materials to make this LFL for our home.  His skill level might be better than most but don’t stress about the perfect model.  Stick with your skill level and be as simplistic or as ornate as you like.  Check out all the images on the site to inspire ideas for your very own Little Free Library.


























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38 thoughts on “Our Very Own Little Free Library

    • It’s take a book- give a book so there may be a complete turnover of books. I definitely need some books for male readers. A bicyclist stopped by yesterday and I had nothing that interested him. I will look thru my husband’s stash to see what I can find.😊
      Thanks for your valued comment! Have a great day.

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        • …Will do! I just bought a solar spotlight (on clearance) to light up the LFL during the evening hours. Hopefully, this will deter anyone from vandalizing the structure in the dark of the night. I hate to think of this but it’s a reality these days. The LFL site encourages registered owners to think of these things to help keep the library functioning and promoting a positive community.

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  1. Good for you! I keep thinking how great it would be to have one of these in my neighborhood… and because of you, I may stop HOPING and start DOING. Thanks for spreading the love of reading!

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  2. I love the idea of the little free library! I live in an apartment so this isn’t really an option for me right now, but there is a reading shelf at a local coffee place that I think I might drop a few titles on. I really need to weed my library, the titles are good, but I just have too many.

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    • That sounds terrific! Check out the Little Free Library site for ideas and possible registration so that you can have your name on the world map for LFL’s.
      Good Luck!

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  3. Jo says:

    I love this and I would build one except no one would see it where we live — at the end of a dead end road. I’m trying to think, though, who would like one. I can even supply the books. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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    • You’re quite welcome! We love it too. We’ve had several people stop by and exchange books. Lots of bike traffic on our country road so several bike riders have stopped by😊. We are loving it!

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