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The Generosity of These Little Free Library Owners Will Warm Your Heart

The Little Free Library is a fantastic initiative that relies on the trust and honor of others to respect the unspoken rules of lending. The mailbox-like outposts have cropped up all over the world, providing books to those who may not otherwise be able to access them. The generosity and goodwill of the Little Free Library has been taken one step further by local stewards, who have stocked the library boxes with food and necessities, to keep everybody safe and fed amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

The philosophy of the Little Free Library is simple: Take a Book, Share a Book. They are a group dedicated to “Building Community, Sparking Creativity, Inspiring Readers.” Now that we can get behind. The initiative was started in 2009 and since then has grown to include over 100,000 libraries, in over 100 countries, providing millions of books.

 

The move to turn Little Free Libraries into Little Free Food Pantries is a heartwarming reminder that the goodness in people can often be best highlighted in a global crisis. In local communities, the free pantries provide important food and resources for those in need. Stewards of the libraries started stocking the boxes, with neighbors adding to them as they go.

In a time fraught with chaos, store shelves stripped bare, and people in dire need, this move towards neighborhood philanthropy restores our faith in humanity!

 

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The Free Library in Your Front Yard

We all love libraries, but if you’ve ever had to wade twenty minutes through the snow just to get your reserves, you might wish to have one closer to home. And it’s possible! With Little Free Libraries. And fear not! Whether you live in the forest or in Brooklyn, you can make little free libraries part of your life, and you should. What’s better than adding community libraries to the public ones?

 

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If you’ve got the resources and the space, you can start a library of your own whenever you want to. There are tons of designs and colors on their website, and you can put one anywhere you have two square feet of land and about four vertical. I’ve seen them tucked into gardens, hanging over wrought iron fences, and on the side of the road. Just donate a few books (or thrift them up) and you’re running a library. But if you’re renting, or restless, don’t despair. There are little libraries near you.

 

 

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Okay, so your library probably won’t be in a defunct phone booth, but the little hutches on the website are cute as it gets, and there’s nothing like getting lost on a cold night and stumbling across a tiny library draped in ivy. But you don’t have to just wander Brooklyn hoping to stumble across something magical (though I do recommend it if you have the time)—because they have a map of all their locations.

 

 

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There are over 90,000 locations in 90 countries, according to their website, but they can be few and far between in some areas. That’s why it’s so important to start new ones anywhere and everywhere possible! But don’t lose hope. There are two in my neighborhood, so if you’re in any kind of city, you’ll probably have decent luck, and it’s always worth a check either way. There are also sometimes free libraries in parks, so you might be able to find or start one that way. Wherever you live and whatever you read, the Little Free Library is a wonderful resource for book sharing.

 

 

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