Free library…in a bird house!

IMG_0818Hey, I saw this on my evening walk recently: a birdhouse in a front garden with books inside!

It’s The Little Free Library Project. The note on the door says:

“A free book sharing venue. Take a book, donate a book, return a book. http://www.littlefreelibraryproject.org.uk

Inside there were thrillers, a book on butterflies and a children’s storybook, crammed in with many, many others.

What  a great idea! I’m going to go check out their site now…

IMG_0816…well, it looks like The Little Free Library Project UK is a part of The Little Free Library. All books are donated and all the materials used to create the book boxes are recycled.

Here’s how the project began: “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….”

For more info, see history at  The Little Free Library !

Have you ever seen anything like this? Where did you see it? What great book/s did you find inside?

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10 thoughts on “Free library…in a bird house!

  1. I saw my first Free Library in Ashland, Oregon where my son was going to school. That one was a model phone box with shelves on every wall filled with books to browse. I think it’s a great way to encourage reading.

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    • Is the project quite visible in the US? It seems to be relatively new here. As they are just phasing out the iconic British red telephone boxes here it would be a great use for them and a way to preserve history too. What a good idea!

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      • Well, see if you can get the word around to those in charge of the boxes because that would be a lovely way to keep the history-filled boxes while providing a public service. Around here at least libraries and used bookstores have “bag” sales where it’s $5 to fill a grocery back with however many books you can, so doing the original stocking doesn’t have to be expensive. As to whether it’s common, I’ve only seen a couple, and none where I live, but I went to the site and looked at their map for the US. There are so many markers I can’t see where any of them actually are on the East Coast: http://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

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