Just over a year ago I stumbled across the Little Free Library Instagram account and immediately followed it. By clicking through their website, I learned what a “little free library” was and their ultimate goal:
“To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”
How can you not be in love with a free, grass-roots idea looking to improve the well-being of all citizens? Clearly, I’m smitten. Another click led me to their Little Free Library map, which shows over 36,000 libraries internationally! I was pleased to see our book-loving city of Burlington was home to 3 registered Little Free Libraries, although I’ve seen others that aren’t registered.
My kids loved the idea when I told them about a roadside lending library for the community, so we each picked out a few loved-but-done-with books and we headed out to meet these Little Free Libraries in person. *This info is all listed on the LFL website, so I’m not sharing addresses that aren’t wanting to be shared. After all, these lovely folks built and stocked a Little Free Library to share with our community!
Stop #1: Burlington’s First Little Free Library 343 Rankin Drive (Walkers Line and New Street)
Stop #2: 2103 Salma Crescent (Walkers Live and Upper Middle)
Stop #3: 2097 Newell Crescent (Upper Middle and Appleby)
Stop #4 Corner of Elm Street and Goodram (Roseland Area) – two Little Free Libraries!
Stop #5 Tansley United Church
Stop #6 – Centennial Drive (Guelph Line and Upper Middle area) – Love this Little Free Library, and the orange tabby who greets visitors!
Stop #7 – 1327 Janina Boulevard (Brant Street and Ester Drive area)
This weekend, why not grab a few books you’ve read and re-read, and share them with your neighbour? And take the kids. Not only is this a great learning opportunity (sharing, community, etc.) it’s a great way to rekindle their love of reading.
Know of another Little Free Library? Share it below in the comments and we’ll sure to add it, and stop in for a visit too!