You may spot a Little Free Library at the park, near a school, or in someone’s lawn. Since 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built one in honor of his mother and put it in his front yard, these Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over the place. The idea behind Little Free Libraries is to promote literacy and a love of reading. Little Free Libraries are free book exchanges. When you find a Little Free Library, you are welcome to leave a book and to take one in return. Currently, there are over 36,000 Little Free Libraries around the world!
Anyone is invited to add a Little Free Library to their community, register it, and have it added to the world map. You can buy your Little Free Library or gather materials and put your woodworking skills to work and make your own. Or maybe you support your Little Free Library by stocking it with books your family is ready to pass along. However you join in on the Little Free Library fun, everyone benefits.
To find a Little Free Library near you, visit The World Map and search for any registered Little Free Libraries in your area. We’ve spotted Little Free Libraries while on road trips and have fun going on little adventures to track them down. I’m a big fan of celebrating reading and having fun with my kids and this is such a great opportunity to add some excitement to their reading lives. It’s fun to see what you might find inside the Little Free Library.
In Lake County you’ll find Little Free Libraries at two of our favorite parks:
21950 North Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods | (847) 968-3320
One word of advice, don’t promise your kids that there will be books they might like to read! I suggest bringing a few books to drop off and talking to your kids about the opportunity to give their books to others. This is perfect if you don’t find books for kids in the Little Free Library. Just tell your kids they get to leave books for the next kids who visit that Little Free Library.
Do you have a Little Free Library in your town? Tell us about in the comments section.