(It technically started yesterday… *COUGHS*)
I was a bit busy and didn’t even bother going online for anything much besides looking up some ideas for ideas for book cover designs so yeah. Sorry about the day-late head’s up!
You can read all about it below…
Are you ready? It’s here! Give a Good Read Week kicks off today and runs through Sunday, September 22. Which book are you going to share?
All week, we’re asking the wonderful Goodreads community of 95 million readers to add their favorite book or latest good read to a Little Free Library near them and share a photo on social media tagging @goodreads and using the hashtags #GiveAGoodRead and #LFL10. Goodreads will be sharing some of these photos during the week, so don’t forget the hashtags so we can see yours!
You can also include a note to the future reader of your book to help people know what’s going on. To make life easy, we’ve created one for you that you can download here. You’re welcome to personalize it with your own message.
What is Little Free Library?
In 2009, Todd Bol (1956–2018) created the first Little Free Library book exchange and placed it in the front yard of his Hudson, Wisconsin, home as a tribute to his mother—a teacher. Ten years later, his simple idea has snowballed into the world’s largest book-sharing movement! The Little Free Library nonprofit organization inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Where can I find the nearest Little Free Library?
There are more than 90,000 Little Free Library book exchanges in 91 countries, and in all 50 U.S. states. You can see if there is one near you on this interactive map.
What kind of book should I put in the Little Free Library?
It’s totally up to you, but in keeping with our theme, we encourage you to give a book you think is a good read. Maybe it’s a book you’ve enjoyed recently or maybe it’s your all-time favorite that you want more people to discover and read. It can be a brand-new book or a book you’ve read and is sitting on your shelf waiting for a new reader. The choice is yours!
What if there isn’t a Little Free Library near me?
One idea is to start your own Little Free Library. You could use Give a Good Read Week as a trial run and create a temporary library. One Little Free Library steward started with just a sturdy plastic bag before converting later to a registered wooden library.
If you’re already inspired to become a Little Free Library steward, you can browse ready-to-use libraries here, blueprints for building your own library here, and inspiration for some of the incredibly creative libraries others have built here.
Another option is the Impact Library Program, which provides no-cost Little Free Libraries to high-need communities in the U.S. It’s another way you can help more readers discover a good book.
Can I take a book from a Little Free Library, too?
Absolutely! Sharing books in communities is at the heart of this event.
Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below. We’re looking forward to inspiring many more readers with good books to read from September 16 to 22!
I DEFINITELY plan to find some time during the day today to look for a LFL near me (or SOMEWHERE within the state) so I can join the fun. When I do, I’ll be sure to take pictures of where I found one and post it here for anyone in the Tristate area to find!! 🙂
Also, if you’re interested in either joining or creating one yourself, the information is provided above in the summary of the event from Goodreads.
Keep the momentum going and post, reblog, and share it on your blogs and social media! Don’t forget to comment about it here, and maybe link back to your own posts! I’d love to see if you found any LFL around you or if you decided to make your own!!!