Check this out – it’s by far one of the coolest things I’ve stumbled across recently.
That’s my friend Em checking out for the first time a LittleFreeLibrary in Newburyport. It’s located outside a house on Charter street, and offers books for people who need something to read. All they ask is to sign it out on the guest book, and I’m sure donations for future books would be welcomed. Although owned and operated by the residents of that property, this awesome little library is part of a bigger idea: TheLittleFreeLibrary Movement.
The LittleFreeLibrary movement was started in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009 by Todd Bol. Inspired by the ideas of take-a-book-leave-a-book coffee shops, as well as Andrew Carnegie’s support of free libraries at the turn of the 20th century, Bol teamed up with Rick Brooks to build the first LittleFreeLibrary along a bike trail in Hudson. After a year, thousands of people had seen the library, and requests were coming in for more.
The duo began with an original goal to build 2,150 LittleFreeLibraries, the same number of free libraries Carnegie provided. According to their website, Bol and Brooks began the LittleFreeLibrary movement to “promote literacy and the love for reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.”
This isn’t strictly a Newburyport entity, it’s international. There are an estimated 36,000 LittleFreeLibraries across the world. Each is built with recycled materials and given a custom design guaranteeing each LittleFreeLibrary will have its own unique style for its community.
As a fellow lover of literature and total book nerd (and regular nerd), this find absolutely made my day. The gift of a book is the best gift of all.
You can check out the LittleFreeLibrary website here: http://littlefreelibrary.org