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An inspiring movement of literacy, community, and art is sweeping the world! It's the Little Free Library Movement.

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

Little Free Libraries were conceived of in central Wisconsin by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in 2010. What began with one library, on one front lawn turned into over 5,000 free libraries across the world today (plus an estimated 8,000 unregistered libraries).

The mission of Little Free Libraries?

To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

In a recent After Page One post, Lisa Lynne Lewis writes about her experience creating and opening her Little Free Library.

To find out more about making your own Little Free Library, check the map for Libraries in your neighborhood, or see the gallery of Library images, go to

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