|Our finished little free library. I love my daughter's bookshelf artwork.|
The idea is to take a book, read it, and then return it or other book(s). But even if they aren't returned, hopefully other readers will donate books. Then you get a nice book exchange going in your neighborhood.
Some awesome Boy Scouts made several little libraries for their Eagle project. When I read about it in the paper, I immediately called to get one. Over the weekend my very sweet husband (and kids) helped me repaint our box, clear a small jungle in the shrub bed, set the box in post mix, put in a bench, and plant flowers. Whew! I think it turned out so nice, though.
When I put in the books on Sunday (a few for grownups and young adults, mostly picture/chapter books), four little neighbor kids ran over and grabbed a book and sat on the bench to read. I wanted to jump up and down! Little readers on my bench!
After church, my family spent most of Sunday near the library. It was a beautiful day and so relaxing to rest and read in the shade under the flowering trees. Curiosity drew several neighbors to stop and chat. I was reaping the rewards already! Another unexpected benefit over the weekend was that preparing the books and the library was fun to do with the family, not just my pet project.
|This picture was not posed in any way whatsoever!|
As the books started moving off the shelves, I replenished it out of a box of donated books. When I run out, I will get more from thrift store, garage sales, and library/teacher/friend castoffs. (Only the most fabulous books will make it into MY library, though. 'Cause I'm the librarian, so what I say goes!)
|Seriously. Even the cat joined us as we read.|
I truly think this little library project is one of the best things I've ever done. I love encouraging others to read. I love relaxing in the shade and talking with neighbors. I love having a box of free gifts in my front yard. I'm putting some goodness into the world!
The best review at the "grand opening" was by a girl about nine years old. As she took a book and walked away, she yelled at me on my porch, "I freaking love your little library!" I think that says it all. I freaking love it too.
|The best little reading nook in the world.|