6 Tips for Building a Little Free Library

Promote your library with a sign, or even a special event, to spread the word.

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Charlotte Endorf often helps visiting kids like Sam (above) find the perfect book.

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Get started making your own little free library with these tips:

  • Boxes can be any shape or size, but make sure they have a door that closes securely and are waterproof.
  • Use recycled materials when you can. One of Charlotte’s libraries started as an old mailbox.
  • Decide what kind of books you want to fill it with—children’s books, adult novels, cookbooks or even DVDs—or maybe a mix of everything.
  •  Have a collection of books on hand to resupply the library. Charlotte swaps hers out every week to keep the selection fresh.
  • Consider offering a bench or a place to sit and flip through the books, if you have the space.
  • Promote your library with a sign, or even a special event, to spread the word.

Visit littlefreelibrary.org for more information.

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