Books aren’t Dead : The Little Free Library
By Kellie Conway Edson
I am guilty of spending a LOT of time in front of screens. And a lot of time even reading on screens. Convenient? Sure. But it’s not the same as the feeling of an actual book in your hands. Used bookstores are still some of my favorite places. Whenever my husband and I go on a trip, if I see a used bookstore, he rolls his eyes because he knows I just have to go in. My favorite remains Green Apple Books in San Francisco.
So I was pleased to learn of a new book sharing concept from a friend. Introducing: The Little Free Library. The concept is wonderful. Take a book. Leave a book. A mini community library in your own neighborhood. You get to share books that you love with your neighbors and they with you. It’s like your own mini used bookstore, only the books are FREE!
A little history from the Little Free Library Website:
“In the beginning – 2009- Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE Books.
By the summer of 2010 the mission and purposes served by the little boxes of books were becoming more clear. Each was unique but all shared the theme of exchanging good books and bringing people together for something positive.”
Their original goal was to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries – as many as Andrew Carnegie – and keep going. As of January 2014 they had FAR more than surpassed that goal with the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world conservatively estimated to be nearly 15,000, with thousands more being built each year thanks to generous volunteers and supporters.
I absolutely love their mission: “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” I have been incessantly bugging my handy husband to help me make one for our neighborhood.
Here in the Sacramento area alone, we have 19 registered Little Free Libraries. I’ve listed the locations below so you can go support the ones in your neighborhood. Bring a book, take a book and share the love of reading!
Sacramento Area Little Free Library Locations:
- 1828 2nd Avenue Sacramento CA
- 3225 3rd Ave Sacramento CA
- 2116 58th St. Sacramento CA
- 1112 Wancaster Way Sacramento, CA
- 3340 Riverside Blvd. Sacramento CA
- 2431 F Street Sacramento CA
- 1999 8th Avenue Sacramento CA
- 6043 33rd Ave Sacramento, CA
- 5831 Revelstok Dr. Sacramento, CA 95842
- 3664 Pullman Dr. Sacramento, CA 95827
- 4340 T St. Sacramento, CA 95819
- 3904 Las Pasas Way. Sacramento, CA 95864
- 5418 2nd Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817
- 4691 Cabana Way Sacramento, CA
- 3437 South Port Dr. Sacramento, CA 95826
- Santa Barbara Ct. Sacramento, CA 95816
- 4048 Cayente Way Sacramento, CA 95864
- 4295 54th St. Sacramento, CA 95820
- 43rd Street Sacramento, CA