In Praise of Little Free Libraries

Last weekend, I was away from home at a bed and breakfast in a little town not far from where I live. I had just finished my latest read and was in need of a book. And this cute, little town did not have an independent book seller, which made me sad. After a night of difficulty falling asleep because I did not have a book to help me, I decided I needed to find a read to make my weekend complete. But where to find a book?

Little Free Library to the rescue!

The cute little town had 2! So on my way to dinner, I stopped by and found a book I had been wanting: a hardcover copy of Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern! Success.

So I thought it would be great to celebrate and educate about this great community resource.

Little Free Library ( is a world-wide community of book sharing. People can take a book or leave a book. They are wherever a person wants to put one up and maintain it. They are made however the owner wants them. There is one on my block that is made out of an old newspaper box.

In the past months, I’ve found great books at the Little Free Libraries in my neighborhood, including The Secrets we Kept by Lara Prescott (Reese’s Book Club) and While I was Gone by Sue Miller (Oprah’s Book Club). There’ve also been numerous books that I never would have known about without seeing them there.

What are some books that you’ve found in a Little Free Library? (Or just a book you’d like to find in the one nearest you?)

2 thoughts on “In Praise of Little Free Libraries

  1. I have 2 out side book drops by me. one one both sides of me, I have found chapter books which I love to read, and a few bible novels. I also leave books from my children ministry there. I use the book drops once a week. I love them.

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