Little Free Libraries: 5,000 new libraries in four years

Picture of tiny streetside library

A little free library, and three little readers

Right, you’re still looking for a way to celebrate National Library Week. Here’s an idea: open your own dang library. If you get busy right now you can probably finish construction by the time NLW ends on Saturday night.

The national broadcasting company of Japan, NHK, a couple days ago aired this story from here in the U.S. about what’s absolutely the cutest craze ever to take the book-loving public by storm.

A Little Free Library looks kind of like a birdhouse where novels and biographies and children’s books are nesting. You come along, you browse. You take a book or two; you leave a book or two.
Map showing nearby site of a Little Free Library
The structure itself is an eminently DIY creation, one that thousands of people have installed on roadsides all across America and, yes, the world. The movement’s website offers plans and tips galore.

There are some of these libraries not far from here–one in Doylestown, for example–but what’s the closest one to Kutztown? Let us know if you find it. Or, better yet, build it yourself. And send us a picture!


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