My 2016 New Year’s Resolution is to have and Steward a
Little Free Library
I don’t usually do NY’s resolutions,
so I’m taking this one very seriously, and I’m super excited.
I know there are many different feelings about the Little Free Library movement, and it’s mostly positive ( at least within the LFL community.) Unfortunately there has been some nuetral and negative feedback as well. People have made statements that they don’t understand the idea, since we have public libraries. Others say the books and/or library are likely to just be stolen, and/or vandalized/damaged. I’ve also heard people say LFL’s are only in rich neighborhoods, so they aren’t really helping anyone. >:/
I can certainly understand confusion, and most of the various thoughts and feelings about these little wonders. However, I think if you take the time to consider who and what these libraries are really for, you’ll likely begin to see the beauty in them.
Here are my thoughts on the matter:
I think Little Free Libraries are a great way to build community relationship. Most of them encourage taking a book, so you can’t really “steal.” They start people talking about books, add interest and a touch of fun to any area, and they are oh so quaint. The project alone can be a great team building exercise, family project, and/or form of self-expression. Once one is posted, it is a great opportunity for conversation. Best of all if you are like me and have a gazzillion books, and have a serious Tsundoku problem, they create a fun place to put some used books.
There doesn’t really have to be a reason to create and steward one, but I’m sure the majority of reasons are well intended.
I personally would like to do one because I love books, and I especially love sharing books. Plus, Little Free Libraries are just the kind of quirky fun concept that inspires me. As for my future LFL, if it gets stolen or damaged, sure I’ll be sad, but it is what it is, and I’ll probably just do another one (eventually.) Maybe they are a fad and will fizzle out like Ferbies. Maybe mine will sit there cold and lonely and no one will appreciate or use it, but then hey, I’ll just have a really cool birdhouse. 😀
What are your thoughts on Little Free Libraries?