Start Your Own Little Free Library

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Does your child have loads of books that he or she has outgrown that are just sitting and gathering dust?

Would you like a way to easily get access to new free books to read in between your trips to the local library?

Are you looking for a way to get more connected to your community?

Here’s a fantastic way to promote early literacy and build community in your neighborhood, in addition to being a fun project to do with your child.  The basic idea is that you start your own little lending library right in your front yard! It’s a movement called Little Free Library, and the idea arose from the desire of one man to pay tribute to his book-loving mother.  I love everything about this idea–it’s just so darn precious!
Check out for tips on how to get started, plans to help you build your own, ideas for getting the neighborhood involved, and lots more helpful information.  They even have a photo gallery of existing libraries and their proud owners.  If you’re not up to taking on a DIY project, there are models that you can purchase.

Little Free Library’s Mission:

  • 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 more than 2,510 libraries around the world – more than Andrew Carnegie–and then more.”

Do you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood?

Plan to start one?

Tell us about it!

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-Jennifer Rustgi, Kid Culture Austin


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10 Comments on “Start Your Own Little Free Library”

  1. October 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    What a cool idea!

    • Jennifer Rustgi
      October 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      Isn’t it? I want to do it, but I think I’ll hold off until we move and get settled in our new place this spring.

  2. October 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    OH! I want one, that’d be so awesome.

  3. October 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    What a great idea! Most families have far too many books that they don’t use anyways.

  4. October 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I’d love to hear about it if one of your starts a library of your own!

  5. October 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I love this idea!

  6. October 17, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    I love love LOVE this idea. We live in the country with no neighbors, or I’d be all over this!

  7. October 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I saw the original little free library spotlighted in TV and loved the idea. We’re hidden at the top of the hill so we probably won’t start our own but I do love the idea.

  8. December 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    This is such a great idea! I want to start one right away!

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