One year ago this month, I installed a Little Free Library outside my house. I had no idea how it was going to work out. Was anyone going to use it? Could I manage looking after it? How was my neighborhood going to react to it?
From day one, it’s been a hit. My neighbors discovered it as they walked their dogs, strolled with their children or power-walked in the mornings. Coming home, I’ve often seen clusters of people looking into the library, making me think of a Normal Rockwell moment. It’s little door fell off after six months from over-use, appearing in the arms of a neighbor who brought it to my gate for mending.
I’ve stocked the library with books and art auction catalogs from my own library, and books donated by friends or dropped off by neighbors. The Little Free Library works as a neighborhood lending library, where the community is welcome day or night, to peruse the selection of books, borrow one or more and return them once they have been read or contribute some of their own. It works on an honor system, where you take a book and return a book.
Sometimes we take for granted the community we live in, and it is true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what is possible is to make that little corner of the world where you live just a little better.
If you would like to install a Little Free Library in your neighborhood: