Little Free Libraries for the Waterfront?
In February, I blogged about envisioning a writers park at the water’s edge along our central waterfront. Over the weekend, I came across news of a grass roots literary idea called Little Free Library.
Similar to the mission of a writers park, Little Free Library seeks to promote literacy and the love of reading by inspiring people to build free book exchanges that in turn build a sense of community. People are free to take a book or donate one at weather-tight kiosks serving as micro lending libraries. Each library is a unique work of art constructed by community members and placed in a front yard or public space.
I think it’s a perfect fit for not only Seattle neighborhoods, but for our central waterfront presently being re-designed. Little Free Library is community-driven, inexpensive and interactive…all things the waterfront re-design process seems to embrace.
Little Free Library was started in Wisconsin by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, who consider it a social enterprise. They have entrepreneurial and international backgrounds involving green practices in small businesses, a commitment to service and the quality of community life.
Check out this Seattle Times article featuring one of their many, many Little Free Libraries, this one in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.
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