The Little Free Library

There is a Little Free Library along the road from my house to my office.   It is just a wooden box with a framed door at the end of someone’s driveway.   Inconspicuous, really.   But, I recognized it immediately as I sped by every day but I have never stopped, until today.

It lured me in, over the past year, to finally check out a good book.   A free book.

gingerlea little free library

If you have never seen a Little Free Library before now, please check out this website,  I saw the website through a Facebook link the other day and this Little Free Library was registered on the map.   It’s what gave me the courage to stop and give it a try.

I don’t know why I was afraid to stop.   I guess I felt like it wasn’t totally my neighborhood (I live in the next neighborhood over the hill).   I guess I felt like I didn’t know the people that live in this house (you know what they say about strangers!).  I guess it was just new and unknown so I was scared.    But, I did it.   I stopped.   I got out of the car.   And, I picked out two books.


One for my son and one for me.    It was easy to pick out a kid’s book.   As a matter of fact, that was the most motivating power in stopping to get a book.   If it was for a child, who could argue with that?  Right?  I took a few moments to look around the box and choose a good Dr. Seuss-type book.   My son will like this one, I’m sure.

gingerlea little library books

My book was a guilty pleasure.   I didn’t pursue at all on my book, I just greedily (and quite randomly) chose the nearest paperback and quickly shut the glass frame to the library.    I didn’t even read the back of the book to see the description until I got to my office this morning.   At this point, the fear was sinking back in and my book choice was more of a “grab and go.”    Silly me.   No one was looking.

Do you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood?   Have you ever stopped to get a book?

The website is pretty great and even has pre-built library boxes and kits to make your own.   I have a feeling my husband will be building me one soon.   I love this idea.

Oh, and I’ll let you know if my book is any good later.   We’ll see … it’s a little bit conspiracy theory-ish and I probably should have taken my time to find a different one.   Oh, well.   Next time!


16 Comments on “The Little Free Library

  1. That is very cool. Around here, the library would need to darn water- and snow-tight, and yet in the summer allow some circulation (humidity). But hmm, that might be a fun project.

  2. What a fun idea! I’ve never heard of this. Do you just take it back when you’re done? Like a redbox? <— feeling stupid for making that comparison.

  3. I have heard about the Little Free Libraries — but have never seen one! I’ll have to check out the link you shared to see if there’s one near me. I think they are a terrific idea, and I so enjoyed your tale of how you wondered and worried and then finally stopped! 🙂 I bet your son enjoyed his book, what a great mom!

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