Last weekend I was introduced to the concept of "Little Free Library" (LFL) while visiting my parents in their new home! In their lovely neighborhood, I had my first ever LFL siting and was instantly hooked. The concept is simple, put a book box in your yard inviting all who see it to "take one" or "leave one."
I have literally wanted to be a librarian for my whole life. At the age of...almost 30...I have finally decided to be one...on my own terms and turf of course.
So, having been introduced to this mind-blowing concept, I put Jahred to work less than 24 hours later. $75 and about 16 hours turned both new and upcycled wood into the cabinesque LFL of my dreams.
JUMP ON THE WAGON! I am seriously encouraging all who read this to install a library in your own yard. But you can't stop there, you should register your library at:
By registering, you will get an official sign and number, and also be added to "google maps" so destination LFL seekers can find your library and contribute to your passion.
The theme of our LFL is "Something for Everyone." I hope it will hold both adult and children's titles, works by local authors and also crafty books for the hands-on types.
We've started the box with a book by Kent Nerburn - local author who writes exquisitely about Minnesota and tribal issues, with a copy of my favorite knitting book "One Skein Wonders" - of which I have knit just about everything, and also our extra copy of "The Dog Says How" by Kevin Kling - our friend and favorite storyteller. We've held on to our extra copy of Kevin's book for an extra special purpose and our LFL fits the bill perfectly.
So, visit the aforementioned website to map our the LFL's in your area. Catch the fever and install your very own. I'm hoping to bring literacy to the streets and encourage a neighborhood conversation that is both positive and heartfelt!
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