Welcome to part two of my little free library adventures! In this post I’ll be talking about the next little free libraries my husband and I visited. I did realize, though, while I was writing this post that I never explained what these libraries were in part one of this series, so keep reading to learn what they are before continuing with my adventures!
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization with the goal of getting books into the hands of readers while building their communities. Millions of books are exchanged each year through these libraries. People of all ages that may not otherwise have access to reading material are able to find books for free within their own neighborhoods. How they work is those with extra books drop them off at one of the libraries and anybody else can come and find something to read.
Anybody is able to put up a little free library in their yard, at their church, or in front of their business. Libraries can be purchased through the organization or made on your own. While having a library is free, you do have the option to register it. This makes it show up on the official map so people can easily find the little free libraries in their area. The map is how I was able to find around 30 libraries within an easily drive-able distance of my apartment!
A lot of the libraries I visited were so unique! I loved seeing all of the creativity and craftiness people had when making them. One that I came across was a miniature version of the owner’s home. I can’t imagine the time and work that went into its construction, but it shows how much the people who set it up care.
While I enjoyed the libraries modeled after people’s homes, I more liked the ones that showed so much personality. This rainbow geometric library was a ton of fun and brought such a good touch of color to the neighborhood. Something I did notice with the homemade ones was sometimes it was hard to fit books inside. Especially with the geometric one. It was only tall enough in the very center, so it was hard to put books along the entire length of the shelves inside.
Homes weren’t the only thing some of these libraries were modeled after. A few that we visited were located at churches and this one in particular was made to look like its Episcopal church home. It even had the red doors that Episcopal churches are known to have which was such a good attention to detail. I really liked that churches were choosing to give put libraries up because it was such a great way for them to be giving back to their communities. I was worried that the books found in them would only be Christian themed, but there was such a wide variety of stories inside.
One of my absolute favorite libraries I visited was the one pictured above. On the map, library owners were able to write notes about their libraries. This one said it was a combination of the owner’s favorite things – three of which were crafts, mosaics, and this particular Lewis Carroll quote. So much love and passion went into this library and I really could feel it as I was visiting.
I stopped by some really special little free libraries during the second part of my adventures. The first time I was able to drop off several tote bags full of books, but this second round the libraries were fuller and I didn’t get to donate as much. This was a little discouraging because I felt like I wasn’t spreading very much book joy, but I was able to make up for it during the third part which I’ll be sharing with you next week!
Part three is up and features my favorite experience from my adventures so make sure you read about it! Which was your favorite library from this week? Let me know in the comments!