Little Free Library: A Literary Movement

Writer: Chloe Watson


“In the beginning—2009—Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built the model of a one-room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother; she was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbours and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.”

That’s what you’ll find if you head over to the Little Free Library website’s About page; it’s a literary movement, in the littlest of forms, of sharing books.

For the reader it’s an important movement because it shows that even in this digital age we still want to hold the written word in our hands and we still care about those beautifully bound pages containing feasts for our imagination.

I saw my first miniature library down a side street in Yarraville. I was looking for a park and didn’t take much notice of it at first, I just thought it was an overtly fancy letterbox! But on a second glance it wasn’t just a letterbox, but rather a letterbox filled with books!

So far readers in over seventy countries are sharing their beloved books and they’re bringing together streets and communities with their ‘take a book, leave a book’ attitudes.

If you, like me, want to check out one of those ‘highly elaborate letterboxes’, here’s a handy little list for you:

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If you have a little library on your front lawn, what books would you share in it?

Chloe is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours at VU Footscray Park.


One Comment Add yours

  1. angandmae says:

    We have these in my town as well and I love the idea! I definitely want to put one outside my house because I love to read and it’s wonderful to see others enjoying it too


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