Think about the last book you really enjoyed and what you were thinking when you turned the last page and closed it up.
Chances are you were planning to recommend it to everyone in your family and all of your friends and generally make yourself a nuisance until every one of them read it and loved it as much as you did.
That last part is probably just me, but if you see yourself in the above description you will without a doubt want to know more about Little Free Libraries.
Because LFLs, as book lovers refer to them, are a grass-roots mechanism for sharing books with anyone and everyone in the neighborhood.
The first LFL was set up by a guy in Wisconsin 10 years ago, and since then thousands have cropped up all over the country.
The idea is simple: It's a box with a door and a couple of shelves inside, and there are books on the shelves. Often the box is decorated to look like a house, or a school building or an actual tiny library building.
The creator of the LFL stocks it with a selection of books; passersby can take a book or two at will, and leave a couple of books if they want.
There's no checkout and no obligation to return the books. There's no obligation to add a book of one's own, either.
But who would be able to resist tucking a couple in, particularly the one mentioned in the first paragraph?
If you want to know more about LFLs, check out https://littlefreelibrary.org/.
It’s the website of the non-profit set up to propagate what has become a nationwide movement.
There is an entire section of plans and tutorials for building the diminutive libraries, and that’s just a starting point for people who enjoy puttering around in a workshop when they’re not curled up with a good book.
Most LFLS are more or less house-shaped, but a quick Google image search turns up libraries in a robot, a movie theater and a Tardis, among others.
The organization also has an online store from which one can buy a library building in finished or kit form.
Reading on its surface seems like a solitary activity. However, avid readers tend to be communal creatures because they need to share the fulfillment they get from their favorite books.
That is why it is not surprising that LFL advocates typically claim the libraries build and strengthen communities and bring neighbors together.
Having read extensively about LFLs, I am determined to launch one myself. It may end up here at The Daily Independent, somewhere else in Ashland or over in Ironton, where I live.
So now I am on record committing myself to the project, and will keep readers apprised of my progress.