Mid-Michigan Little Free Libraries

Have you heard of Little Free Libraries? At first glance, they may look like an over-sized birdhouse or dollhouse, but these small buildings are so much more. They provide a resource that encourages literacy, creates community, and gives children {and adults!} an opportunity to borrow a book free of charge from an ever-changing selection.

Marcellus Park Little Free Library. Photo by Christopher Malon.

What is a Little Free Library?

According to their website, Little Free Libraries “are hand-crafted structures that contain constantly changing collections of books donated and shared by people of all ages and backgrounds.” Each library is one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, and maintained by their community. As of mid-2018, there are over 70,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 85 countries! Their motto is “Take a Book, Return a Book, ” so the selection is always new. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt because you never know what kind of fun books you will discover!

Find a Little Free Library Near You!

With libraries spread across the country, how are you supposed to find one? No need to wander the streets looking for one, although, that could make for great fun, you can simply click the red box below to find one of over 100 Little Free Libraries in mid-Michigan! So, get out there, explore your community, and grow a love of reading with your family.

Photos by BookusBinder.

Interested in starting your own Little Free Library?

Check out their website for more information on how to put one of these adorable community-building resources in your own backyard. Get your kids involved in the building process and have fun!