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Little Free Libraries

September 30, 2021

I love going to the library. It’s a place of comfort. A place where anything can happen. All you have to do is reach for a book, open it, and begin reading. Magic happens! When I was young, I spent many happy hours at our town library, searching for the just-right book. A library is a place where you can find hidden treasures.

I love books – especially children’s books. (After all, I’m a former elementary school teacher and school librarian, and I’m a children’s author.) Fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle-grade and young adult books are my books of choice. I not only read books but I collect them. When books started piling up on the floor of my office, I realized I had too many. There is no way I would ever want to get rid of all of them. My granddaughters would never forgive me. But there are some I’m willing to give up.

Enter The Little Free Library. I first started seeing these cute little structures that house books around Madison, WI. I’ve been fascinated by them ever since. They are popping up in neighborhoods across the country. TAKE A BOOK. LEAVE A BOOK. It’s also a perfect way to share books and bring joy to others.

Taking photos of these Little Free Libraries has become a hobby of mine. Whenever or wherever I see one, I snap a photo. Below are some of my favorites.

Maybe it’s time to invest in a Little Free Library of my own.

Here is a wonderful book that tells the story of Todd Bol and his movement to promote books and literacy through Little Free Libraries.

Little Libraries, Big Heroes written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by John Parra, Clarion Books, 2019

In the Neighborhood

February 19, 2015

It’s a beautiful Little Free Library in the neighborhood! While on a walk, I discovered this library in my neighborhood park. Families donated time and money to install the Little Free Library for everyone in the neighborhood to use. The day I stopped by, it was packed full of great books for children and adults.

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Keep those Little Free Libraries coming!

On the Lookout for Little Free Libraries

January 22, 2015

I found another Little Free Library, and look how adorable it is. It has everything you could ask for.

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It has books.

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It has a comfortable sitting area.

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In case your thirst for books gets to be too much, it has a water fountain.

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And if your dog likes to read with you, there’s a special watering hole for him, too!

Aren’t Little Free Libraries amazing?

A Book Lover

December 11, 2014

Have I told you about my good friend, Mary Petersen? She’s the ultimate book lover. As a former elementary school teacher and a school librarian, she’s a pro at book talks and continues to inspire and promote reading at all levels.

Visiting Mary’s home is delight. It’s like walking into a cozy library. Books! Books! Books! They’re everywhere.

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Charming knickknacks, pictures, and pillows related to reading adorn shelves, walls, and tables.

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Although Mary enjoys a wide variety of genres, picture books make up most of her collection. If you walk into Mary’s yard, you’ll find a Little Free Library filled with books and a bench nearby to relax and read.

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Mary’s home is a place where you want to curl up on one of her comfy chairs and read to your heart’s content.

I asked Mary to share a bit more about herself and her book choices.

What made you such a book lover?

Public libraries and particularly the librarians in the children’s rooms. No matter where my family moved there were always friendly librarians with great books to recommend.

Your family is very lucky that you’ve made books such a priority in their lives. Why do you think books are so important?

Books introduce one to new ideas, new cultures, new ways of thinking, and new relationships.

What types of illustrations speak to you?

Woodcuts, collage, and realistic paintings

Favorite woodcut illustrators are Mary Azarian, Betsy Bowen, Michael McCurdy, and Ashley Wolff.

Favorite collage artists are Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Lois Ehlert, Melissa Sweet, and Carin Berger.

Favorite realistic paintings artists are Jerry and Brian Pinkney, Wendy Halperin, and Jane Dyer.

I notice your shelves are filled with picture books. Why do you choose them over middle-grade or young adult?

The artwork! It’s like having a personal art gallery in my home. I like being surrounded by fine art. I like introducing children to the art as well.

Other favorite artists:

Leo & Diane Dillon

Floyd Copper

Steven Kellogg

Cynthia Rylant

Wendell Minor

Steve Jenkins

Kevin Henkes

Douglas Wood

Donald Crews

Anno

Demi

Robert Sabuda

Helen Oxenbury

Ernest Shepard

Keiko Kasza

If you’re looking for a great picture book experience, you can’t go wrong with any of Mary’s suggestions!

Little Free Libraries Popping Up

October 30, 2014

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Down the street

In Search of Little Free Libraries

October 23, 2014

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On a bike path

Little Free Libraries

October 9, 2014

Have you noticed? Little Free Libraries are popping up everywhere. One may be just around the corner from you. Keep your eyes open for these adorable little libraries. It’s an ingenious concept. “Take a book, return a book.” Books are suddenly accessible on your way home from school, on your way to work, on a pleasant walk after dinner. Reading is important so why not add a Little Free Library to your front yard and share the wealth of reading!

Look what I found while riding around my neighborhood!

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Have you seen a Little Free Library in your neighborhood?


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