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Libraries of Distinction

Linda Lubeck. Lincoln, NE. I didn't know what I would do with this dollhouse until I saw a newspaper article about an LFL in town that was being ticketed by the city for being in the wrong location. The light bulb went off! The dollhouse would be a great LFL and our neighbors helped us with donations, supplies, and we made it happen. The "Reveal Party" was attended by over 50 people including Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize winning Poet and former U. S. Poet Laureate (2 years)!

Penny Lind. Bismarck, ND. We love our dog Pieper Dakota Princess Fancy pants, we love flying pigs and books! What more can a person need or want???

Roy Wasercier. Madrid, Spain. Our team wanted to work on an initiative in our company (JLL) to foster collaboration between employees. We came across this initiative and thought it would be a great idea not only to be part of this amazing community but also that a great way of having our employees engage and foster conversation is to have them exchange books between them.

Gayle Schreck. Urbandale, IA. My neighbor Lee built our library based on a bird house in the back yard. I painted it and my daughter's friend, Kylie, added the butterflies and flowers. Our neighborhood is on a bike path with a park close by so we see lots of activity and are excited to share books with the many children and walkers going by. Come see our Little Library!

Cynthia Tow. Indianapolis, IN. Our Little Free Library is located at the front of our community garden. The space was formerly an abandoned lot where a house had burned down. We now have a beautiful space where neighbors can harvest fruits and vegetables and BOOKS!

Judi and Ken Weinreich. Burxlington, IA. We love our library, it is special to us in that it is a chalet with a hammered copper roof. My husband Ken built it and I painted it. our granddaughter Merideth, age 3 1/2 climbed up the stepstool and helped load the first books into the library! It was a hit in the neighborhood sooner than I expected...the same day we put it up! The support of our Little Free Library has been very rewarding.

Teri Fenner. San Diego, CA. This was a gift to my wife on our wedding anniversary. My wife loves to read. Having said that we do not keep books for long. They go to the friends, family, or the library as soon as they are done. We fell in love with the first LFL we saw here in town. It matched our philosophy to a tee. Take one, Give one. For always.

Jeff Howards. Leavenworth, KS. Saw a LFL at a Children's Science Museum a year ago and got hooked on the idea. Now that I am preparing to retire we decided to make it happen! Our neighborhood is filled with children playing and adult walkers so we have high hopes for its success

Pete Shay. Madison, WI. This Library was painted by my Mother-in-Law, Janet Nelson (www.janetnelson.net/), and has cool stuff on all sides, as well as the inside. The roof is copper and the door handle resembles a big, fat, ladybug. This library is placed between two pear trees, and if there are any, you are welcome to pick one for a treat. Maybe we'll put in a bench for you to sit and enjoy your book and a pear.....

Tiffany Schank. Gering, NE.

Jill Pastian. Missoula, MT. I love reading so I decided to build a LFL. It was a family affair. My husband and Father-In-Law built it, hubby and I painted it, my parents gave us the barrel, and my son helped install it. I think it turned out great and I love it! The Scottie dogs in the window represent our Scotties, Snidely and Daisy.

Cheryl Sullivan. Indianapolis, IN.

Bill Knoblauch. Hancock, MI. This is the second little free library designed by a Finlandia University student. Gina Paulson envisioned an original design for an indoor Little Free Library Unit that re-purposed materials. The unit is currently housed in the Jutila Center for Global Design and Business.

  • Gina Paulson

    I had a great time designing and building this Free Little Library! :)

Elizabeth Stewart. Seattle, WA. I'm a voracious reader and I'm hoping to share my favorite books with anyone interested. Don't be shy--take as many as you want, and leave a few, too!

Literacy Volunteers of Kanahwa County. Charleston, WV. Built with support and materials from our Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. This Little Free Library is stewarded by Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County, West Side Main Street program and Charleston Montessori. And, our little pebble of a library has rippled across the state and are goal is for WV to have the most LFL's per capita of anywhere in the world.

Ben Hart. Newcastle, ME. Made from 100% recycled and found material for a cost of $0.00. Filled with our favorite books. We're both merchant mariners, so we love nautical lore! Stop by and borrow, take, or share a book.

Tonja Opperman. Gardner, MT. We are 10 miles north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana. We work in wildland fire management and our son is a fiddler and soccer player who goes to Gardiner Elementary School. We love world travel, camping, hiking, and music. Our LFL has fiction, non-fiction, science, and children's books (early reader and chapter books). We are excited to be part of the LFL network!

Lisa Kothe. Safety Harbor, FL. The Safety Harbor Public Library is the steward of this LFL located in the heart of downtown Safety Harbor, FL located at the Gazebo on Main Street. The LFL was created by Michael Wille for in honor of his grandchildren and the community of Safety Harbor. This darling key west style LFL comes complete with a whale weather vane

Kathy Adrales. Davenport, IA. The library was constructed from an old upper kitchen cabinet that was left over from the renovation we did. We cut the top on an angle for the roof and painted it to resemble our house. Our love for cats it shown in the "pickCAT" fence on the background and the little kitten sleeping on the window ledge. This is a children's library and we hope to entice the neighborhood kids to stop by on their way to the nearby grade school.

TISSU Sewing Studio. Wichita, KS. Our Little Free Library is part of TISSU Sewing Studio's mission & goals. We offer textile arts classes such as sewing, fashion design, costumaking, knitting & much more. Our goal is to bring back handicrafts & introduce it to a new generation. Reconnecting with ourselves, our neighbors, our environment & building communities is what we strive to accomplish every day.

Matthew Sylva. Coon Rapids, MN. As a former 2nd grade teacher, I know the importance of reading. Making books available to all children is near and dear to my heart. Quinn Street Books is stocked with mostly children and young adult books though you may find a book "for grown readers" in there once in awhile.

Laura Baldwin. Fort Ann, NY. My dad built this outhouse, and when he passed away in 2007, we moved it on our property, where it's been used it ever since to sell eggs... self-serve! I had an empty cabinet in the outhouse too, and decided to use that as a Little Library! Our road leads to hiking trails, horse trails and access to east side of Lake George, and in summertime it is well-traveled with hikers and campers, many who purchase my eggs. Now they'll have another reason to stop by!

Brendan Moore. Galt, CA. This library honors the work of students in the Resource Management class at Estrellita Continuation High School and the rich tradition of the family oriented Loteria card game -sometimes called Mexican Bingo, with its ceramic tile depiction of 4 of the cards in the game: La Estrella (for the school), El Camaron (don't nap or the current will sleep you away!);El Barril (for the 3 colors of the Mexican flag) and El Nopal (for the eclectic school garden).

Dan Dornan. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. One of our grade three/four classrooms had an inquiry question for this school year , "What story do buildings tell?" so it seemed fitting for them to be involved in designing and painting the outside part of the library. The painting represents the story of our Learning Meadows, which is a naturalized garden that show cases native plants of Alberta. Our Little Free Library is located in our Learning Meadows, a beautiful spot to relax, sit and read a book.

Helga van Leipsig. Beesel, Limburg, Netherlands. The Little Free Dragon Library is build to honour our local Dragonplay. Once every seven years the historical saga of St. George and the Dragon is performed in a an impressive setting, with a horrifying flamethrowing monster in a sinister lead role. It is this roaring prehistoric reptile that inspired the Little Dragon Library, fiery and prickly, with teeth, eyes and scales, she promotes the Art of Reading. www.draaksteken.nl