As I have traveled frequently around the country over the last few weeks, I am seeing more and more of the little free bookshares where neighbors can share and receive used books. These little bookshares are a free and easy way to
1) Share knowledge and enjoyment,
3) Build community.
According to the nonprofit Little Free Library, there are now more than 50,000 of these little libraries in more than 70 countries. (And that is just the ones that have registered.)
If you don’t see one near you, why not start one in your own neighborhood today? After all, it would give you something to do with the old books you have lying around, and (bonus!) you and your family would get to enjoy new literary surprises every day!!
And while I’m on the subject of free books, don’t even get me started on how wonderful the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is! This project sends specially selected books for free to children ages 0 to 4 all over the country. Dolly’s website says it best–
“Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.”
So much love to you, Dolly! And thanks for our books. We’re so excited to receive them each month and, as parents, we so appreciate the support in cultivating a love for reading in future generations.