Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Born in Wisconsin, Little Free Libraries Pop Up in Syracuse, New York

Books move fast out of Syracuse's first curbside library. (Syracuse Post-Standard, 2/27/2012)

Excerpt: Rick Brooks, co-founder of the Little Free Library movement, estimates there are 300 to 400 little libraries in 33 states and 17 countries. He doesn’t know if most people bring books back. In the Little Free Library movement, the return rate doesn’t seem to be a critical data point. 

Brooks runs a continuing education and outreach program at the University of Wisconsin —Madison. He describes the other Little Library co-founder, Todd Bol, as a social entrepreneur. 

The effort began a few years ago, when as a tribute to his mom, Bol installed in his yard a small replica of a school house, akin to a fancy mailbox or bird house, and stocked it with books to share. When Brooks met Bol at a workshop in 2009 and heard about project, he thought the idea had appeal.

Related posts:
Little libraries pop up Waunakee.  (10/27/2011)
"Take a book leave a book" at the little library. (8/13/2011)

1 comment:

Carole said...

I have noticed a trend to informal libraries http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/phone-booth-libraries-in-new-york.html