Tiny Beach Library Discovery

On Coquina Gulfside Park, in Manatee County, Florida, I discovered a Little Free Library.  Such a cute discovery.  I took photos with plans to do more research into this organization at a later time.

On the Little Free Library website I found information on how to start a library, purchase materials, donate, and a map on finding other Little Free Libraries. What a fun idea!

On their history page it talks about how the idea got started:

In 2009, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother; she was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it, so he built several more and gave them away.

UW-Madison’s Rick Brooks (retired from Little Free Library 2014) saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a variety of goals for the common good.
They were inspired by community gift-sharing networks, “take a book, leave a book” collections in coffee shops and public spaces, and most especially by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Around the turn of the 20th century, Carnegie set a goal to fund the creation of 2,508 free public libraries across the English-speaking world.
That goal inspired Brooks and Bol to set their own goal of surpassing 2,508 Little Free Libraries by the end 2013. They wound up exceeding that goal in August of 2012, a year and a half before their target date.

As an avid book reader (see a few book reviews I’ve written here) I love the idea of a Little Free Library!

According to the website, they now have more than 80,000 registered Little Free Libraries in more than 90 countries worldwide!

What a fun project it would be to set up my own Little Free Library.
If I did, I would want it to be on the beach, like this one.
❤  🙂 ❤

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Click here for a cute info video!

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Books are a uniquely portable magic.
–Stephen King

No two persons ever read the same book.
–Edmund Wilson

No two persons ever read the same book.
–Edmund Wilson

 

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Alice Boor says:

    Wow, Lisa, I loved reading about this! I have seen them around, but never knew how they got started.

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    1. Thank you! I actually do think it would be fun to do one 😊

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