Little Free Library

Pedal-powered libraries help spread books around

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve kept seeing stories about libraries on bicycle pop up on my news feed, and just assumed the same story was getting a lot of play. Certainly there are a lot of new ways to get books to people, as the Little Free Libraries and Indianapolis’s Public Collection demonstrate, but did adding [...]

Little Free Libraries encounter local government opposition

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Indianapolis is a great city. Not only does it permit residents to have Little Free Libraries in their yards, but it actually funded its own big free library art installation project. But not everyone is that lucky. The Atlantic and the LA Times are carrying articles about communities where people [...]

The Public Collection: Indianapolis’s own ‘Big Free Libraries’

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

I don’t often run across TeleRead stories in person, though it does happen from time to time. Oddly enough, the story I came across lately actually happened in the very same spot as that one, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Or at least part of it did. I stumbled onto a brilliant new art [...]

Some Little Free Libraries are being robbed of books

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

When it comes to getting people interested in reading, the Little Free Library is a great idea, as we’ve reported here a number of times before. But sometimes even Little Free Libraries can run into a tragedy of the commons. BookRiot and Melville House report that some people in different places [...]

Budapest’s beautiful book stations

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Budapest has one delightful and very practical resource for the reading public: drop-off book stations where people can both deposit and pick up books. These are … ahem … stationed in the northwestern district of Obuda, which as per the description on the book stations, describes itself [...]

TARDIS mini-libraries prove libraries are bigger on the inside

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Doctor Who fans everywhere will be able to tell you that the TARDIS, the Doctor’s iconic time and space travel machine, is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside – which is a fine metaphor for a library, whose content can encompass a universe and range far across time and [...]

Open a small community library, get fined or shut down?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

The spirit of the community library and encouraging reading is clearly not evenly distributed everywhere across the U.S. As citizens of Leawood, Kansas, found when they started erecting Little Free Libraries in their yards – which apparently are prohibited under a city ordinance banning [...]

Sharing physical books: Thinking inside the box

By Chris Meadows
June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

How can you keep paper library books relevant in an increasingly digital age? Thinking outside the box in where you put them. Or perhaps thinking inside the box. A few weeks ago as I was bicycling home from my day job, my eye was caught by a little box sitting in the yard of one of the suburban [...]

How to build you very own Little Free Library

By Dan Eldridge
April 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

I vaguely remember seeing a few blog posts and photo-heavy features here and there in months past about tiny, DIY libraries. It always seemed to me like the sort of thing you might expect to see in one of those weird BuzzFeed roundups: 12 Oddball Book Lovers Who’ve Built Tiny Libraries On the [...]

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