Friday, September 30, 2011

Such an Amazing Idea!

I ran across this article on the Catwranglers Blog (you can find her in my Click Please! section) this morning. She is a fellow mail enthusiast, cat lover and Damon Salvatore fan. Sounds like my kind of gal!

Little Free Libraries Are Coming to Town

9/1/2011 3:54:23 PM
by Margret Aldrich

Andrew Carnegie built an impressive 2,509 libraries around the turn of the 20th century. Now Rick Brooks and Todd Bol are on a mission to top his total with their two-foot by two-foot Little Free Libraries, reports Michael Kelley in Library Journal.

The diminutive, birdhouse-like libraries, which Brooks and Bol began installing in Hudson and Madison, Wisconsin, in 2009, are typically made of wood and Plexiglas and are designed to hold about 20 books for community members to borrow and enjoy. Offerings include anything from Russian novels and gardening guides to French cookbooks and Dr. Seuss.

Each Little Free Library runs on the honor system, displaying a sign that asks patrons to Take a Book, Leave a Book. “Everybody asks, ‘Aren’t they going to steal the books?’” Brooks told Kelley. “But you can’t steal a free book.”

Fifty libraries have been built so far, with 30 more underway and plans to expand into Chicago, Long Island, and elsewhere. Brooks and Bol have a long way to go to reach their goal of 2,510 libraries, but they’re digging the ride. “At a personal, human level, it’s very thrilling how it excites people,” Bol shared with Kelley. “But on a larger plane, it’s such a nice spark for literacy, art, and community all at once.”

1 comment:

  1. I love this idea ! It's a great way to promote books. I'll send the link to my librarian friends, I'm sure they'll like the idea as well ^^