Tiny Free Libraries

Tiny free libraries are popping up all over the world. They go by different names from little free libraries, to pop up libraries, to micro libraries, and are put up by various people and groups. They are actually quite simple to build and register with www.littlefreelibrary.org. In fact, I am building one right now with a group of friends.

These libraries are helping to promote literacy, especially in urban settings. While the “take a book, leave a book” philosophy is not necessarily new, this library phenomenon to have taken off. 

These are some of my favorite tiny libraries, gathered from a World Literature Today article (which can be found here):

A micro library in Argentina. Raul Lemesoff made it out of a 1979 Ford Falcon, which used to belong to the Argentine armed forces.

One of many phone booth libraries popping up around the UK.

IKEA set up 30 of their bookcases on an Australian Beach. Swimmers could take a book, leave a book, or leave a donation that was given to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.

Here’s the article: http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2012/july/10-unusual-micro-libraries#.UsisWhwhDog


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