What is a Little Free Library?
It’s a “take a book, return a book” philosophy where neighbors share their favorite books. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone can stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.
Have you seen them in your neighborhood?
I recently found one in my neighborhood, just outside our local bike shop. It’s been there for about three months and according the bike store owner it’s getting a lot of action.
How to Add a Little Free Library to the Map
If you’re curious and want to know if there’s a Little Free Library in your neck of the weeks take a look at this map. Not every Little Free Library is on the list, since someone has to manually enter each library.
To add a new library to the list be sure that your library has an official charter sign and number. If you do not have one, you can order one on the Make It Official page. There is a one-time payment of $34.95 per Library. If you already have your charter sign, then all you need to do is fill out to the register your library on the map form.
Did you Hear About This?
A Kansas family put up a Little Free Library in their front yard and then received a letter from a town official stating that their Little Free Library was in violation of the town code which bans any freestanding structures or buildings that are not attached to a person’s house. Say what?
Rather than immediately fighting the violation, the family voluntarily removed the library from their front lawn and then started a petition which over 22,ooo people signed. Good news! The Kansas town where this took place is now allowing Little Free Libraries! One more example of how consumer pressure really can make a difference.
Is there a Little Free Library near you?