Take a book. Read a book. When I saw this message on a box posted on the Pinellas Trail in Dunedin, I had to stop and check it out. What I discovered was a Little Free Library. Of course, I opened the door and found nine new books waiting for someone to pluck them up and read. The titles were familiar. I’d read all of the children’s books in the box to my elementary students over the years. In addition, there were best sellers waiting for adult readers.
At the time I didn’t realize this was a recent addition, but the State Library of Florida posted a picture of the little library on their Facebook page with a link to an article in the Tampa Bay Times. I peeked in the book exchange box only three days after the Friends of the Dunedin Library unveiled it on April 30th…more than half of the original 26 books already in the hands of readers. According to the Times, this is the first of five Little Free Libraries planed for the community. Quite a commitment!
My curiosity led me to the homepage of an organization called Little Free Library which promotes literacy and the love of reading worldwide through book exchanges. With a goal of building 2,510 libraries, the Dunedin Little Free Library makes them one step closer. There’s even an official Little Free Library Pinterest board with pictures and stories about other book exchange boxes. Maybe Ocklawaha needs a Little Free Library!