How can you not fall in love with something called “The Little Free Library”? And it truly is little. Tiny, in fact. Not to mention – free!
I stumbled across it one day while driving through the Beach neighbourhood in the east end. I grabbed 2 old paperbacks from home, and took the girls by as an after school surprise to choose a free book. We were entranced by the idea of this birdhouse-sized book exchange. It’s located on Lee Avenue on someone’s front lawn. I can’t help thinking that a wonderful person lives there – someone who loves the idea of strangers hanging out on their front lawn sharing books. It’s a charming and sweet idea in a world that can sometimes feel anything but warm and friendly.
This Little Free Library is part of a world-wide movement to promote literacy and the love of reading. There are hundreds of these around the world, and several in Toronto. The one that I found is a little over a year old. The rules are simple – return a book, and take a book. That’s it!
Here’s a look at a few of the books available that day.
This library is designed to look like a local Beach branch of the Toronto Public Library.
It’s a small thing, but feels big. Sweet!