A Little Free Library

While out exploring our extended neighborhood we came across a great little piece of community.

The Leaping Dog Darwin Branch of the Little Free Library in West Seattle

Instructions on how The Little Free Library Leaping Dog Darwin Branch works

We loved the creativity that went into designing this Little Free Library.  There was a nice note of thankfulness for the Library being there, a little container of dog treats and, of course, a wide diversity of books.  Books for children and adults,  fiction and non-fiction lined the shelf.

But what we loved the most about this little library we stumbled upon was the sense of community that it gave.  It’s things like this that can help create a greater sense of community and get people interacting in positive ways.

Here’s something from the Little Free Library website that I think captures what I mean:

If this were just about providing free books on a shelf, the whole idea might disappear after a few months.  There is something about the Little Library itself that people seem to know carries a lot more meaning.  Maybe they know that this isn’t just a matter of advertising or distributing products. The unique, personal touch seems to matter, as does the understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books.  Leaving notes or bookmarks, having one-of-a-kind artwork on the Library or constantly re-stocking it with different and interesting books can make all the difference.  These aren’t just any old books!  And by the way…do you know a great place to find practically any book you might want to read?  Your public library!  Through inter-library loans, children’s programs, special events and Friends of Libraries, public libraries are treasures…and so are local, independent bookstores.  Support them!  Libraries big and small; we support them all.

You can learn more about The Little Free Library movement at http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

And to whoever put The Leaping Dog Darwin Branch together – thank you for  making us smile, inspiring us and giving us a sense of community!


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