Little Free Libraries

Dec 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Winter 2015

In memory of his mother who was a teacher, Tod Bol of Wisconsin in 2009 built the very first Little Free Library. 10,000 Little Libraries have now been built around the world so that children and adults have access to free books, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Toronto’s first little library was built by Bill Wrigley at 304 Lee Avenue. Six to ten books move through the library every day and about 40 on busy weekends. Wrigley’s fondest memory of the project was seeing a group of young folk congregate on his front lawn, reading books and chatting quietly, sprawled out on the grass. He would like to see more libraries in public spaces and plans to expand into areas where access to libraries is more challenging. More Little Free Libraries are popping up in the Beach – look for the one in Orchard Park! The concept is a simple one: If you take a book from the Little Free Library, you can return it and even add more books of your own that you would like to share. The libraries function on the honour system, everyone contributes to ensure that there are always quality books inside for both children and adults.

The Little Free Library in Orchard Park

The Little Free Library in Orchard Park

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