Little Free Library

Early this year we experienced a severe ice storm. Sadly, a birch tree in our front yard was just one of the many casualties in our neighborhood.  We ended up having to cut down the tree but we left the stump behind. We had an idea.

Today, Gerry mounted our very own Little Free Library on that stump. The mission of the Little Free Library organization is to “Promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.” The premise is simple: people can take a book, return a book, and add their own books. Now that’s a cause we can get behind!

We had no trouble filling it with an initial offering of books from our home. Truth-be-told we could put out hundreds of these and not make a dent in the books we own! In time we’re especially hoping to build a good selection of children’s books.

Out of the ravage of a fierce and destructive winter storm comes a neighborhood free library. I like that.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. LOVE!!!

  2. What an inspiration….

    I’ve seen stories on these free libraries before.

    Such a fantastic gift to the neighborhood!

  3. Just loved reading about your Little Free Library!

  4. Thanks, ladies! We’re pretty excited about this project.

  5. Wow! What a terrific idea. I hope you post a photo some day of a child “checking out” a book!

  6. Have you spotted anybody browsing through the books yet?

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