I first came across the idea of the Little Free Library on Alys’ blog. When I read her post Little Free Library Debut I was smitten, just like she was when she saw her first one. (Alys is renovating her Library at the moment, which you can read about, as well as the fairy garden that sits next to it, and her peaceful Buddha gardens.) I thought the idea of having a neighbourhood book swap was the most wonderful thing. However, I never quite got to creating one outside our home. So imagine my delight when I saw this, only a street away.
Yes, a Little Free Library of our own! We have much loved and well used public library just up the street, but this is a bonus.
It was begun by a group of young girls. You can read their full story in this article in the local paper.
A GROUP of Ascot Vale girls have set up a community street library to encourage more people to get to know their neighbours.
Group founder Sophia, 10, felt the need to reach out to neighbours after hearing stories of her Dad’s childhood spent with friends.
And that story makes my smile just a little broader.
With the Little Free Library they have created a little neighbourhood oasis. It has three library boxes ~ for Grown Ups, Young People and Little Ones ~ each at the right height. There’s a sign post and a notice board, and a night light! As well there is a little seating area under the shade of the tree. All this hosted by the Church of Christ.
I visited today, taking a book and leaving one. It’s a simple idea with deep roots, helping to build community and connections.
Now, which book will I choose? Which one would you take home?