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Little Libraries Could be Springing Up in Your Neighborhoods

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You may be familiar with the Little Free Library concept, in which mini-libraries are installed in unexpected places. These “take a book, return a book” collections are already sprouting up around town. Now with the help of the Friends of the Richardson Public Library (FOL), there are soon to be more.

“As part of the Friends of the Richardson Library’s strategic planning process, we have been looking for ways to expand our support for the already wonderful Richardson Public Library,” said Bill McCalpin, president of FOL.

To further access to reading throughout the community, the FOL is providing Little Free Library kits to Richardson neighborhood and homeowner associations. Recipients of the kits will receive the supplies to build a mini-library for installation in their neighborhoods. The small, weatherproof boxes are often mounted on poles or stands and able to hold a small assortment of books, free to neighborhood users.

Free book exchanges are not a new idea, but they continue to be an outlet for promoting literacy and a love of reading. The Little Free Library movement supports this concept and continues growing in popularity. Nearly 15,000 such mobile units have been registered with LittleFreeLibrary.org, with thousands more in the works. According to the Wisconsin-based organization, these “libraries” often become gathering points for neighbors to meet, talk and discover a good read.

“It is our intent that providing these little free library kits to neighborhoods so the residents can assemble, install and maintain them will bring the residents of a neighborhood—young and old—closer together,” McCalpin said. “And, of course, once the small kids in a neighborhood get interested in using the local Little Free Library that they can walk to, just imagine their excitement when they find out that there’s a big library over there by city hall, with all sorts of books, CDs, DVDs and children’s programs.” 

Find out how to bring a Little Free Library to your neighborhood at richardsonfol.org.

About the author

Jill Blevins Editor, writer, communicator, runner, reader, wife and mother. With an addiction to words and an affinity for AP style, I happily delve into the details. This Midwest transplant with a soft spot for home now embraces and advocates for all things Richardson.