I love this trend; people and organizations set up cheerily decorated boxes, fill them with books, and invite the world to stop by and read. Take a book, leave a book, share a book, love a book.
In addition to the generosity of spirit that goes into building and maintaining little free libraries, there’s a ton of imagination. Birdhouses, miniature replica schools, or even my personal favorite: a T.A.R.D.I.S. library! Hopefully you can find more time to read on the inside …
We’ve assembled a list of ten of our favorite Little Free Library boards from Pinterest. They’re all loaded with cool stuff, so I’m just going to mention my favorite from each one. If you have a board of your own, be sure to share the link in the comments section.
- Katherine Reinhart: As a Kansas resident, I was especially taken with the little cabin library perched atop a twig “twister” a la Wizard of Oz.
- Helen Wahl: The one to watch for here is a big inverted bowl. It stands up on legs tall enough to allow patrons to step underneath and view the circular shelves, while keeping book and readers out of the elements.
- Mar Schaeffer: I love the theater library on this board. It’s done up to look like a classic movie theater, complete with marquee.
- Storytime Standouts: Science fiction fans, unite! The pin to pine for is a bigger-than-life-size R2-D2 library. These are the books you’re looking for …
- Kelly Morgan: A favorite here is the little library with a roof shaped like an open book. What could be more inviting?
- Kath Lucas: On this board you’ll find a little free library made from a converted microwave. It’s just the thing for when you’re “not quite done” with your book.
- Katie Lopez: A truly stunning library is the one created using a grandfather clock. With one of these, you’ll always have time to read!
- Mary Catherine: This board feature a number of re-purposed phone booths, each one enjoying new life as a library. Move over, Superman. Super Reader needs some room!
- Jabones Violet: A friend of mine is an amazingly talented woodworker. The wooden library with the beautiful sunburst roof on this board looks like something he might design.
- Judy Arnold: What’s special about this board? Most of the pictures feature smiling Little Free Library patrons, from tiny tots choosing their first volumes to young men completing their Eagle Scout projects. This board proves that libraries, no matter what size, are a vital part of our lives.
Are there little free libraries in your town? What design features would you build? Spread the word, and share a book!
Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin-based Little Free Library initiative.