Little Free Library Now at ONF!
By Andrew, Marketing Assistant
I remember when I first stumbled upon a Little Free Library in my neighborhood, close to TriCycle Farm on Garland Avenue. I was cruising by on my bike and came to a grinding halt when I noticed it. Some neighborly book lover had erected a beautiful wooden LFL in their own front yard and, having never seen one before, I thought it was the most fantastic thing ever. I love to read (and occasionally accumulate generous overdue fines at the public library) so I thought this concept was so neat and perfect. Shortly after I noticed the first one, I began seeing them all over town at parks, businesses, and in front yards all over Northwest Arkansas.
Ozark Natural Foods has recently installed a Little Free Library in the Gallery Café (and once the weather stays consistently warm we’ll move it outside to the seating area). What is a LFL? A LFL is a small, hand-built bookcase that fits anywhere from 30-50 books and is free to use by the community. Find a book you want to read in the LFL? Take it! Read it! Then put it back along with another book or two, or pass it along to someone else who might want to read it. It’s such a fun and amazing idea and encourages a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009. He mounted a wooden container designed to look like a one-room schoolhouse on a post in his lawn and filled it with books as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and teacher. LFL became an official nonprofit organization in 2012.
His original goal was the creation of 2,150 LFLs, and as of November 2016, there were 50,000 LFLs registered around the world. The Little Free Library nonprofit has been honored by the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, Library Journal, and others for its work promoting literacy and a love of reading. The Little Free Library Book by Margret Aldrich (Coffee House Press, 2015), chronicles the movement.