I just heard about this wonderful idea via Hope Clark’s blog. The ‘Little Free Library’ is a project to build over 2510 free (little) libraries in the world. Why 2510? Because Andrew Carnegie, founder of the American public library system built and funded 2509 libraries and this is a fun way to top that.
Each Little Free Library is a house of stories just big enough to hold 20 or 30 good books–novels or non fiction, poetry or “how-to” volumes. Conceived by Rick Brooks and Todd Bol, the LFL is capturing the imagination of neighbourhoods and librarians across the USA.
The Little Free Libraries are a more public, accessible version of bookcrossing zones. But unlike bookcrossing, these little “twee” libraries encourage you to share, to take a book and leave one in its stead.
I’d love to try this in India. The idea of having books available for the general public to take with no strings attached always thrills me. Which is why I am such a big bookcrossing fan.
I’m thinking of a LFL around the Post Office area. Heck, why not have one in the Post Office itself? This would also be a great idea in colonies or little clusters of buildings where the nearest library is a gazillion miles away.
Anybody else want to try this out?
I’m off to send these guys an email to see how we can bring this to India.