In an effort to promote literacy and the love of reading, two businessmen out of the Mid-West have been operating a grassroots, ground up neighborhood rallying effort to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to read. Since 2009 the group has been making available little wooden stands that at first glance look like large birdhouses, but are actually little, free libraries…
Anyone who wants to can apply to the group to receive a library to place in their yard, and in doing so provides neighbors and passersby the opportunity to borrow a book, or leave one for others to borrow. In what started as a way to give back to the community, and to honor their librarian mothers, Todd Bol and Rich Brooks have made available thousands of these little libraries available across the globe.
On the Little Free Library website there is an interactive map identifying the location of all the existing libraries, and while looking to see if there were locations near me, I was surprised to find that there are several in Western NY and a good handful of them are within a 15 minute drive of one another right in Rochester, NY!
The free little library shown above was built by Creative Casey who wrote a blog post about it here .
So, of course, I went to visit each one. If you’d like to to do the same, and maybe donate some old books, or even borrow a new one to read, use the interactive map below to find Rochester’s Little Free Libraries – you might be surprised how close one is to you!
Oh, and while visiting, please be mindful that these libraries are on private property, and are the homeowner’s way of giving back to their community and neighborhood, and that their efforts are noble. Be respectful and thoughtful while getting your book!
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