All over the United States there are small (tiny) crowd-funded libraries popping up. The initiative, which aims to build community interaction whilst also providing a service are a dime a dozen, yet that is not to say they are unique. The concept of a small box with a door and a couple of shelves and some preloved books inside has a relatively cheap start up cost.
LittleFreeLibrary.org is the front runner in this push with it’s mission as follows:
“Promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”
The crux of the little free library is trust. The trust that any book taken will be returned or replaced for others to read. By providing this service within a neighbourhood or community, trust is being promoted. That trust can grow from there as readers return and pass each other swapping books, building friendships and having conversations.
Small, grassroots initiatives such as this have far reaching effects for the well-being of a community. Sure, you can probably get all the books you want online or from the store. Yet, as collaborative consumption is rising and more people begin looking at access over ownership, the lending, swapping and shared enjoyment of books is a reality not hard realised.
Do you think a little free library would work in your neighbourhood?
Check them out on Kickstarter
See the website – LittleFreeLibrary.org