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The Little Free Library

Posted by Dani on July 1, 2013

The Little Free Library
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!

The Little Free Library

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.

The Little Free Library

This library is designed to look like a local Beach branch of the Toronto Public Library.

The Little Free Library

It’s a small thing, but feels big. Sweet!

The Little Free Library

12 Responses to “The Little Free Library”

  1. What a great idea! Anything to encourage people to read and enjoy books is a good thing 🙂

    • Dani says:

      So often we get all caught up in our own lives. It’s just so nice to see these gestures toward the community.

  2. I absolutely love this! Kind of like a lemonade stand of books if you will. Great idea to do on your street. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from http://www.ritewhileucan.com via Canadian bloggers link up on bytheporchlight

  3. This is amazing. I am sending the link to my book club!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks so much Kyla! Such a nice surprise to find something like this – I love how a stranger can add a friendly and positive touch to the neighbourhood.

  4. Such an awesome idea. My mum just helped get one of these little free libraries in her community in Brampton. I hadn’t seen it any where else until now! 🙂

    • Dani says:

      Your mom sounds like an awesome person – anyone who is pro-book is great in my “books.” Good for her for getting involved in such a great endeavour!

  5. Gorgeous! That is extremely well done.
    I would love one of those in my front yard!

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