You asked: Is that a library in your yard?
“What are those little book boxes some people have in their yards around here?” asked an Echo Press reader.
They are Little Free Libraries!
The Echo Press first featured the libraries in the February 20, 2013 issue in the article “Take a book, leave a book, read a book.”
The Little Free Library program was started in 2009 by Todd Bol of Wisconsin as a tribute to his mother.
He built a weather-proof miniature schoolhouse and placed it in his yard with a sign offering free books to anyone wanting to read them. Soon libraries started sprouting up in other yards.
Little Free Library was incorporated as a nonprofit with the mission of promoting literacy and building a sense of community through free book exchanges.
Bol set a goal to have more little libraries built than the total number of libraries built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (2,509).
That goal was realized in August 2012. It is estimated that there are now between 10,000 and 11,000 Little Free Libraries in 52 countries.
On average, each library goes through a minimum of 25 books per month, equating to at least 3 million books being donated and borrowed in the past year alone.
Individuals can design and build their own libraries, or purchase them from the program’s website. There is a fee to register a library with the organization. Once registered, each owner is sent an official numbered plaque and the library is placed on a Google map with global positioning coordinates.
For more information, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.
There are currently between 10,000 and 11,000 Little Free
Libraries in 52
average, each library goes through a
minimum of 25 books per month, equating to at least
3 million books being donated and borrowed in the last year.