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The Little Free Libraries® movement places small-scale book shelters in neighborhoods and is based on the premise of “take a book, leave a book.” Established in 2009, there are now over 50,000 Little Free Libraries® in communities worldwide. Initially crafted to resemble miniature one-room schoolhouses mounted on a pole, these libraries have become unique structures, designed and constructed in a wide range of styles, often utilizing recycled, reclaimed, or salvaged materials.
Libraries can be shelters for people, as well as books. Children, especially, rely on libraries as a safe destination outside of home or school. The presence of a neighborhood library gives our smaller residents a destination and means of connection; a gathering place in an urban environment that can be otherwise unfriendly to children. A Little Free Library® should serve as an anchor for the community.