A Birdhouse for Bookworms: The Little Free Library

Everyone has seen the “Leave-A-Penny, Take-A-Penny” trays at 7-Eleven. The Little Free Library applies the same laissez-faire concept to an exponentially more valuable currency – books!

A few years ago, I had read (and “pinned”) an article about mini-libraries in public parks in Colombia, and I was fascinated with this visionary idea of having books available for the taking in outdoor spaces. However, I did not experience a free outdoor library firsthand until this past Sunday, while walking along Pond Street in Jamaica Plain. At first, I thought I was viewing a very unusual bird house, but upon closer inspection, I saw that the wooden house-shaped structure was in fact full of books. 

I returned to the library again today, and I noticed that all of the books had been exchanged, so clearly this library is being used by the public. I have commissioned my father-in-law Rob Dines (an expert woodworker) to build a Little Free Library using the blueprints available online, so it is exciting that Roslindale will soon have its very first Little Free Library – sponsored by Literacy Change! 

The Little Free Libary at 40 Pond Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

You Are What You Read – The Little Free Libary at 40 Pond Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

The Collection on Sunday Afternoon

The Collection on Sunday Afternoon

Informative Tag with Little Free Library URL

Informative Tag with Little Free Library URL

2 days later

A Transient Collection: Two days later, all of the books had changed.

The Little Free Library serves as a community bulletin board space.

The Little Free Library serves as a community bulletin board space.

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