My dad first clued me into the Little Free Library project on a recent trip home to Madison: The book cubbies, looking something like scholarly bird houses, are on street corners and front lawns all over Wisconsin. Basically, people take out a book they’d like to read and bring back a book they’re done reading. According to the project’s website, their mission is to “promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.” Not shabby! Also, they’d like to top Andrew Carnegie’s record of 2,509 libraries; it looks like they’re well on their way.
The little libraries’ prefab styles range everywhere from “Community Gallery” ($650), to “Amish Barn Wood Cabin,” to “The Classic” in blue, green, or tan. Some enthusiasts even opt to build their own.
So far, it looks like the Northwest can only claim one little library, in Portland. (Does it tip over with zines?) Once the winter hits, though, I figure these gems are bound to migrate northwestward.