As you drive around Wichita, you are likely to come across what looks like a large beautiful mailbox with books inside. These are little libraries, part of the Little Free Library, a neighborhood book exchange where you can take a book or leave a book. With books for both kids and adults, this nonprofit organization has become the world’s largest book sharing movement. The focus is on building communities and inspiring readers with easy book access.
Little Free Libraries in Wichita
With books available for both kids and adults, anyone is able to contribute or take books from the libraries. They function on an honor system where everyone donates, to make sure there are always quality books available. Do you have books to share? Find a little free library and leave some books inside.
To find a LFL in your neighborhood, check out the interactive map below.
The organization relies on volunteers to install and maintain the book exchange boxes. With the world’s growing literacy crisis, the goal of the Little Free Library is to place these books in areas where libraries are not located. The hope is that with more books in or near the home, the more likely a child is to learn and love to read.
If you are interested in starting your own Little Free Library, click here for more information.
Read in Color Program
“Read in Color,” is the latest program released by the Little Free Library, which has a goal of making more diverse book offerings available to readers across the world. The hope is to reach readers, connect communities and help everyone better understand their neighbors. One of the blessings of a little library is the sense of community that is built in the neighborhood they reside in. People begin to know more people in their neighborhood as they stop by the library and spark up a conversation, all from a love of reading.