Little Free Library

Give one, take one

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Some are short, and some are tall. Some are painted in bright colours, while others are plain. They’re called Little Free Libraries® [LFL], and they are adorable.

I had noticed this new form of lawn decoration springing up in my area for the last few years—mini houses propped up on poles filled with books for people to borrow. Visitors can choose a book and either return it when they finish or replace it with a different piece of literature. It’s always open, and you don’t need a library card. Neighbours encouraging people to read and share—brilliant. Personally, I love real “brick and mortar” libraries [see “Palaces for the people” in Issue 006] and don’t believe the LFLs are a replacement, but I do see them as a fantastic alternative.

If you’re looking to spruce up your front lawn, you can order an LFL from their website, and you too can start spreading literacy in your community.

THINK BEFORE YOU DROP

It’s probably not a good idea to drop off that Windows 95 manual that has been collecting dust in your basement. If you think it’s useless, it probably is. No dictionaries, textbooks, atlases, travel guides, etc. Goodwill may be a better option for these items.

DON’T OVERDO IT

Although you may think you’re being generous, overfilling is a no-no. Drop off a few at a time and leave space for others to donate.

KEEP IT PRETTY

Nobody wants to pick up a dirty, stained, creased, water damaged or mouldy book. You may think the crayon drawings your child made throughout his copy of Charlotte’s Web are cute, but unless his name was Jean-Michel Basquiat, they are probably just gross.

littlefreelibrary.org

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The Beaches Little Library

THE BEACHES

27 HAMBLY AVENEUE
CHARTER #101977
PETERS’ LITTLE LIBRARY

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BROADVIEW NORTH LITTLE LIBRARY

BROADVIEW NORTH

111 FULTON AVENEUE
CHARTER #32123
STEWARD: ILANA WILNER

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THE DANFORTH LITTLE LIBRARY

THE DANFORTH

127 PARKMOUNT ROAD
CHARTER #5002
STEWARDS: HILARY & PETER GRAY

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OAKWOOD VILLAGE LITTLE LIBRARY

OAKWOOD VILLAGE

548 ATLAS AVENEUE
CHARTER #28527
STEWARD: MITZI REINSILBER

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GREEKTOWN LITTLE LIBRARY

GREEKTOWN

51 PLAYTER CRESCENT
CHARTER #115716
DRAGON LIBRARY

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HIGH PARK NORTH LITTLE LIBRARY

HIGH PARK NORTH

111 FULTON AVENEUE
CHARTER #39931
STEWARD: CLAIRE FRANCESCHETTI

 

koreatown Little Library

KOREATOWN

663 EUCLID AVE
CHARTER #26256
STEWARD: RYAN PENN

 

PARKDALE Little Library

PARKDALE

151 MARION STREET
CHARTER #21369
STEWARD: JEWEL ENVY

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RIVERDALE little library

RIVERDALE

193 RIVERDALE AVENEUE
CHARTER #65917
STEWARD: ALAN LIANG

 

runnymede little-library

RUNNYMEDE

666 DURIE STREET
CHARTER #42641
STEWARD: SUSAN ROGERS

 

WORDS: DAVID GANHÃO
PHOTOS: MIKE NEAL

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