Have you ever passed a little free library and wondered about the person who built it?
Through happy happenstance, I recently met someone who has one of these community treasures in his front yard.
He built this 3-shelf gem from an IKEA bookcase. His friend added the custom trim and owl door pull.
He's now part of the official Little Free Library system, a global network of 36,000 generous souls who give their neighbors a chance to "take a book or leave a book."
During our short chat, he shared some delightful insights into what it's like to have a library in your front yard:
- Only once has he stocked the shelves with money from his own pocket. In the very beginning he curated a collection purchased from Deseret Industries, a local thrift store. Now, friends and strangers bring him boxes of books. Supplies never run short.
- After he stocks the library, the books trickle away slowly -- one or two at a time.
- During Christmas, he was completely cleaned out. "Isn't that wonderful?" he rejoices. "I'm so happy I could help so many give the gift of reading."
- People are at the library all the time. About half of the time when he takes his dog out during the day, someone is there. "It's almost like having a bird feeder, but for people," he laughs. "It makes for some really great people watching."
If you'd like to visit one of these libraries or start one yourself, visit The Little Free Library's site to learn more!