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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Little Free Library

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

L - Little Free Library

Not sure if your city or town has these, but Prescott, Arizona has several of these scattered through the town.  The concept as you can see on the front of the "library" is "take a book, return a book." No charge.  No overdue fines. No due date back to the library.



This one is in front of El Gato Azul, a restaurant here in Prescott.  I've put in books before, haven't taken any since I tend these days to read more on my tablet with eBooks.  



I think it is a cute idea, don't you?

Have you heard of Little Free Libraries before?

45 comments:

Intense Guy said...

This looks like a cute (and good) idea! I've never seen one like this - but many places near here have "take one and leave one" collections.

Pat Hatt said...

That is a neat idea. We don't have anything like that here.

joeh said...

Great idea. I'd check it every day to see if anyone leaves their Tablet.

Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

One of my mom's friends started one near us in memory of her son. They seem to be getting more and more popular.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

It's a lovely idea - a little village around here somewhere uses an old phone box to do the same thing. Some of the churches I go to have similar ideas too.
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Michele Truhlik said...

I have never seen Little Free Libraries before! What a brilliant idea! And what a great way to get rid of old books that are taking up space. Neat!!

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Joanne said...

I think this is a great idea and I've heard they are around our DFW area. I have not participated, but it's very cool. I like the blue Prescott one - rather fancy!

hannah jane said...

I love Little Free Libraries! I have one, and it is enormously popular with kids in the neighborhood. And there are at least a dozen within walking distance as well. I say the more the merrier. It's a great reflection of people's love for reading.

P.S. I also love your blog!

Wendy said...

Yes! Coincidentally this has just come up in my city and the local library asked on a Facebook group if there is any interest among residents. It will be interesting to see if this project takes off.

Liz A. said...

I have heard of them, but I've never seen one. Great idea. Maybe I should start one...

Lynn Proctor said...

Very cool- reminds me of the neighbor when I was a kid- had a library in their house!

Lynn Proctor said...

Very cool- reminds me of the neighbor when I was a kid- had a library in their house!

Thea O'Brian said...

Oh my gosh! What a great idea! I am afraid at some point the libraries will be obsolete with all the computer things out there now.
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Paula Kaye said...

I've been told we have some of these in my town, but I haven't seen them. It is a terrific idea

Linda said...

You betcha, guy just across the border started it in tribute to his mom. So many cool designs out there and they are all around the world!

T. A. Miles said...

I like the idea of the Little Free Libraries, though like you, I've put more books in than I've taken out. We have several in our town, and their selection switches up often, so people must be enjoying them.

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jack69 said...

Never heard of them, but YES it is a great idea. Most RV parks do have a take one leave one library. We always participate. Mostly leaving more than we take.
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Sharon said...

I haven't heard about these little mini-libraries, but I'm all for it!! I love reading, and in my opinion, you can't find enough ways to get more people to read more often. At our local grocery store, they do have a little tub where you can practice the leave-one-or-take-one book idea. Since we have a lot of out-of-town visitors, I think it's a great idea. Good for residents, too, who might not be able to afford to buy books.

Read on, world!!

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Michelle Wallace said...

I love that idea!
We don't have that my end of the globe...well, not that I'm aware of...
Yes, the Little Free Library IS the cutest thing I've seen!
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Bijoux said...

I have never heard of that! A nice exchange idea!

Jeffrey Scott said...

Milwaukee has a few of these scattered about the town too. I've never ventured to one, but perhaps I could donate a few.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh how cute is that????

Joy said...

A neighbor on the next street has one. Its very fun. I dropped off a couple books I had read and picked up another one.

Joy @ The Joyous Living

Sarah said...

I love the Little Libraries - I have yet to stop at one, but I have plenty of books to drop off (and would love to get a new book!).

-Serafini said...

If they had these everywhere with some effective marketing then maybe we wouldn't be living in the Kardashian Era...

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I have seen these! I'm pretty sure we have them around here too. What a great idea!

mshatch said...

Our town has its own lending library, for which there's no charge unless you bring a book back late. Over in Damariscotta Mills (which is part of the town of Damariscotta) there is a small free library that looks a lot like yours. There's just a few books in it but it's wicked cute and I bet the residents there love it.

shortybear said...

nice post

Leanne said...

I think these are a great idea - I'm lucky enough to live 5 minutes away from our local library and I am a regular customer! Leanne @ cresting the hill

Keiths Ramblings said...

When I owned my pub I created a free library in the main bar for the residents of the village. We were so remote that we never even saw a mobile library. It's five years since I left and it's still going from strength to strength - it was even featured on a TV programme recently!

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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a wonderful idea! I've never seen anything like that before, certainly not around here.

ShawnTe Pierce said...

I love the idea of this. Wish I had one in my town. betweensunshineandrain.com

Jo said...

Neat idea. Never seen an idea similar to this. I am lucky our local library is just that, really local. Just down the road.

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Mevely317 said...

I never heard of this before, but I'm applauding.
If this ignites - or encourages - even one person's love of reading ... how grand!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've seen pictures of those in Europe but didn't know we had them here. Very cool.

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Veronica Lee said...

I've never heard of Little Free Libraries before! What an adorable idea!

Elizabeth said...

That is really neat! I have a few book-lover friends, myself included, who would take advantage of this if we had it :)

Han van Meegeren said...

Yes, we have a lot of them in the Netherlands. Also stayed last winter in a hotel that had an old library shelf (used to be a nursing home before it was hotel) and they had books you could pick out, and put back as well.

Reading much more from a tablet now...

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Liuba said...

wowww I love this tiny, lovely and free library.

Sunni said...

I haven't, although in a small mountain town near us they have a tiny post office and in there are free books that people donate and it works on the same principle. You take a book to read and return it when you're done. I think this is a great idea. People donate books to it all the time.

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Ann Bennett said...

It is a nice service. I don't know how that would work around here. We have a lot of vandalism. It may work well.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I agree, that is a great idea!

Melanie said...

What a great idea! We don't have anything like that here in Louisiana.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I do like the idea...I bet books never get returned at times, though. I read about this set up in some town several months ago...but the best I remember, the story was about the local government shutting it down for some reason.