I ran across an article on Little Free Libraries recently. Specifically it was about municipalities that are cracking down on these outlaw attempts to share books in neighborhoods.
A Little Free Library, for those who are unfamiliar with the concept, is a small box, typically shaped like house, that sits on a post in someone’s yard. The owner of the Little Free Library seeds it by putting books inside that are free for the taking by passersby. Those who take a book are encouraged to leave a book behind so the library remains stocked. If you register your Little Free Library with the official organization, you’ll get a sign for your library and it will be put on the Little Free Library map. Little Free Libraries were started by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009 as a tribute to his book-loving mom.
I love Little Free Libraries because I love books and sharing knowledge.
The Twin Cities are filled with Little Free Libraries, but the concept is not limited to large urban areas. Did you know that Little Falls has at least 3 Little Free Libraries? (Eventually, I intend to have one as well, but I have to figure out how to waterproof and decorate my box.)
Have you visited any of the Little Free Libraries in Little Falls? What do you think of the concept? Are there any other sharing economy concepts that you think would work in Little Falls? If so, please explain in the comments.
For another example of a community sharing project, see this description of Share-It Square in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.