17 gen 2013

Little Free Library

LittleFree Library is a nonprofit community movement in the United States and worldwide that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local community.
It was founded in Hudson, Wisconsin. The idea was conceived by Todd Bol as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. He mounted a wooden container designed to look like a school house on a post on his lawn, he put a dozen or more books and has invited its neighbors to borrow for free.

The idea spread rapidly. Today there are almost 2.600 library around the world, you can found them on the map.
Library owners can create their own library box (or buy one on the web-site) and receive a sign that reads "Little Free Library". Each library is uniquely built incorporating materials from the community it is located in. Each one is different, customizable, but all are based on a simple concept: "take a book, leave a book", which everyone is invited to borrow a book completely free of charge, to read it without having to meet precise deadlines and return it. You can also return a book different from that taken or fit ones that you have available.
Libraries may be registered and assigned a number at the organization's website. Your registration not only helps cover the cost of materials and postage. It also supports programs such as Little Free Libraries for Small Towns, outreach to isolated elderly adults, Celebrating Healthier Communities, and the international Books for All.

Share your books increases the sense of belonging to the community, to create new relationships with neighbors and spread the love of reading among those who do not have the resources to buy books. This is the potential of Little Free Library.

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