Little Free Library

September 24, 2012

You’ve heard about the Little Free Library movement, haven’t you? Their mission is to cultivate community and boost literacy by creating these free book nooks. More than 3,000 of these itty-bitty libraries bring readers to books and books to readers all around the world!

My friend, Julie, built a Little Free Library for her neighborhood, and it has me wondering if my sweet, old-fashioned street might need one, too. Julie’s family even used leftover shingles from their roof and a beautiful green coat of paint to match their home. I’m not very good with a hammer, but I might be willing to get a little black and blue for the sake of creating some magic.

Take a book. Return a book. A tiny but mighty community builder. How charming is that?

Oh, and I would name my library after my dad. He’s the one who took me to the library even before it was open in the mornings, and tirelessly read Go, Dog. Go! to me about a million times nightly. What would you name yours?

This sweet post was shared by Carter Higgins. A more formal introduction will follow, but for now I like knowing she’s got good taste, handy friends, and she adores her dad!

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1 Melanie September 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

This is on my wish list! Our home backs up to a much used trail. I was thinking of placing it there for our dog walkers/bikers/runners. You just inspired me to take it off the wish list and place it on the to-do list!


2 Carter Higgins September 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I love that! Off the wish list and on the to-do list. What a great motto!


3 Helena September 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

We have one of those in my neighborhood! So cute!


4 Carter Higgins September 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Can I move in?!


5 dunski September 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

love it! In My library, there would be books, some empty space to share books and one shelf with some goodies (chocolate/cake/fruit/…) on it to accompany the lecture.


6 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

I thought about that too, but right now there are too many books! So I’m thinking of setting up some kind of cider-and-donut table to entice the curious passersby.


7 dunski September 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

lovely! It’s coming closer to that dream of a booksharinglivingroom-cafe where you can read a book, drink some hot cocoa and dunk a donut that I read my own thaughts: there would have to be a corner, where lovely people would read books to my kids, so I could enjoy the lecture… …but as for today I love your wonderful free library!


8 Amber, theAmberShow September 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

There’s one in my neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn. (We also leave a lot of books out on stoops for neighbors here, too.)


9 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 7:05 am

See, I love that too. There’s another movement where you leave books at bus stops, and you can label them and follow them to see where they go. I’m a fan of books everywhere. Both anonymous books and hello-meet-your-neighbor books.


10 Jenny September 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

What a great idea!


11 Christy September 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

We have spotted 2 of these in our neighborhood recently! I love this idea!


12 Christy@SweetandSavoring September 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Books (along with garlic, maps, and all things vintage) are some of my absolute favorite things! This is such a great concept. Hopefully I’ll see one in my area soon!


13 Carter Higgins September 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Garlic! That’s a great thing to love. Yum.


14 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

I will admit that once you build one, you start to kind of wonder about a Little Free Map Repository, a Little Free Chocolate Shop, a Little Free Garlic Bulb and Recipe Exchange…


15 Christa the BabbyMama September 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

When I lived in Costa Rica, there was a tiny lending library in one of the mid-price hotels – mostly stuff that other travelers had left behind, so lots of business manuals and trashy, easy novels. It was fun! You could borrow or exchange.


16 Jen | Family Sponge September 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

My heart seriously started beating faster when I saw this post. I would love to be a part of this!!! I just email my husband the building plans to see if we can make it ourself. So excited!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.


17 Carter Higgins September 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hooray! And good luck!


18 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 6:48 am

You can do it! It’s SO WORTH IT. Mostly I just go stand out there, hand over heart, sighing contentedly (um, I just realized this behavior might be scaring potential patrons away…).


19 laura @ hollywood housewife September 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

This has just made my whole day.


20 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 7:21 am



21 Ginger September 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

probably a good idea for me. Today I racked up a $50.00 library fine, still though the library is good deal….


22 Carter Higgins September 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

My tires squealed into my library parking lot this morning before it opened, hoping my books would count as being returned on Saturday! A girl can dream!


23 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

This is so cute!! We considered it but then my daughter opened “Claire’s Book Nook” in our Gallery. It is very successful, kids bring a book to trade for any book she has in stock (she is 9) She was very disgruntled because there are no good bookstores In our town, so she opened her own!


24 Carter Higgins September 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Give Claire a huge high five. That’s incredible.


25 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 6:50 am

Oh, I love this! Your daughter is awesome.


26 Erin September 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

There’s one near my parents’ neighborhood and it makes me so happy. However, I’ve never seen one so good-looking as the one your friend made…matches the house?!


27 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

THANKS, Erin! It does match our house, but mostly because we sided the house ourselves, so we had siding left over. Truthfully, if I had done it all by myself, it would’ve been a wooden box that wasn’t quite square, painted with pink and purple flowers to cover up the poor construction. I’m lucky to live with a bunch of very handy people. I can, however, bake the cookies to give out to Little Free Library patrons. (And recommend books! It’s so satisfying to match up random strangers with a book I know they’ll like!)


28 angee September 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I am so in LOVE with this idea!! I’ve never heard/seen of this before, and I’m a teacher! What a great way to promote community and literacy!! I love this and will be linking! Thank you!! :)


29 Carter Higgins September 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Thank YOU for teaching! That’s hard, hard work.


30 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 6:53 am

Angee, I’ve definitely seen some (on the Little Free Library website) that are at schools. They get the whole school involved (or maybe it’s just one class? that might make more sense) with the designing, building. and book collecting.


31 angee September 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

Thanx, Carter!

And what a fun idea, Julie!!


32 angelavsquez September 25, 2012 at 3:16 am

I’ve never seen something like this before! fabulous!
I will share it! Thank you for posting things like this!


33 SueB September 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

Hi all ~ My neighbor Rick Brooks, who lives five houses down from me in Madison, Wis., is one of the co-founders of the Free Little Libraries ( and the libraries are one of his most inspired ideas ever. He’s a smart, funny, generous man and the libraries reflect not only his great ideas but also his great heart. We have so many little libraries in Madison and they’re always full of books, with people standing around chatting, peering in to see what’s there or even reading on the sidewalk. It’s just so wonderful!


34 Julie Falatko September 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

This is so totally my dream for my neighborhood. I would love to have people be able to go from one library to another, choosing the perfect book. You’re so lucky to live so close to one of the founders!


35 angee September 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

So neat, Sue!!


36 Carter Higgins September 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Whoa, Sue! How fun for you! Next time you see him, tell him we are SO glad he had a major brainstorm.


37 Design Mom September 27, 2012 at 9:44 am

Everything about this is so appealing! Makes me crave a close knit neighborhood.


38 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag September 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’M OBSESSED WITH LITTLE FREE BOOK LIBRARIES! So so in love with the idea. Will. Not. Rest. until one is in my town!!!


39 Aoife Wall October 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

This is such a great idea. The preschool my daughter went to last year had a bookshelf in the porch full of books with a note saying “Bring a book, Take a book”. Great for mums who were going home for a peaceful cup of tea before it was time to do the school run again!


40 Tanya October 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I adore this idea! Some friends of mine just did this in their yard and put a cute tiny hut w/ books. Its SOOO wonderful!


41 Fabiana Tavolaro Anelli October 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

olá, também fiz uma biblioteca livre aqui na porta na minha casa.
Moro no Brasil, no estado do Ceará.
Dá uma olhadinha no meu blog para conhecer.

até mais…


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