Free Little Libraries: the Generous Gift of Reading

Look no further than your neighborhood’s “Little Free Library,” the remarkable book sharing movement that is gaining popularity across the nation and in Delaware’s neighborhoods!

Book lovers of all ages are flocking to these adorable, birdhouse-like constructions. They can pick up a great read, or they can donate a treasured book for neighbors, a stranger, or even a child with limited access to the art of reading. With over a hundred scattered throughout southern Delaware, this increasingly popular phenomenon allows anyone to share the thrill of a good story. Lose yourself in a classic you’ve always wanted to read. Or find a new cookbook or gardening guide while connecting with neighbors in a unique way!  

Here’s how it works. Share, borrow or keep a book anonymously, any time of the day. It’s a great way to clear some of the clutter created by mysteries you’ve already solved, juicy romances you’ll never read again, or how-to books for that cabinet you never built. Get your neighbors involved in the joy of poetry, history and endless other subjects. Share knowledge!

Perhaps the best way for you to join is to use your network of influence. Are you involved in a community organization that would consider sponsoring a little free library? It’s a fantastic way to draw awareness or donations to your cause (picture a “donations accepted” sign). 

There are now over 100,000 Little Free Libraries across the world. To find one near your neighborhood, use the map link, and find your readers! Or if you want to become a “steward” of a library in your neighborhood, you can register a new one and start building a collection of beloved, or even forgotten books that will make another booklover’s imagination soar. 

Open up the window of one of those curious boxes you’ve likely seen around town, and let your imagination follow!

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