Join Us for "Give a Good Read Week" This Week!

Posted by Marie on September 16, 2019


Are you ready? It's here! Give a Good Read Week kicks off today and runs through Sunday, September 22. Which book are you going to share?

All week, we're asking the wonderful Goodreads community of 95 million readers to add their favorite book or latest good read to a Little Free Library near them and share a photo on social media tagging @goodreads and using the hashtags #GiveAGoodRead and #LFL10. Goodreads will be sharing some of these photos during the week, so don’t forget the hashtags and @goodreads so we can see yours!

You can also include a note to the future reader of your book to help people know what's going on. To make life easy, we've created one for you that you can download here. You’re welcome to personalize it with your own message.


Look who else is sharing amazing books with their communities!



Kristin Hannah (left) and Celeste Ng (right).



Blake Crouch (left) and Jacqueline Woodson (right).



Nalini Singh (left) and Chris Bohjalian (right).

What is Little Free Library?

In 2009, Todd Bol (1956–2018) created the first Little Free Library book exchange and placed it in the front yard of his Hudson, Wisconsin, home as a tribute to his mother—a teacher. Ten years later, his simple idea has snowballed into the world's largest book-sharing movement! The Little Free Library nonprofit organization inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Where can I find the nearest Little Free Library?

There are more than 90,000 Little Free Library book exchanges in 91 countries, and in all 50 U.S. states. You can see if there is one near you on this interactive map.

What kind of book should I put in the Little Free Library?

It's totally up to you, but in keeping with our theme, we encourage you to give a book you think is a good read. Maybe it's a book you've enjoyed recently or maybe it's your all-time favorite that you want more people to discover and read. It can be a brand-new book or a book you've read and is sitting on your shelf waiting for a new reader. The choice is yours!

What if there isn't a Little Free Library near me?

One idea is to start your own Little Free Library. You could use Give a Good Read Week as a trial run and create a temporary library. One Little Free Library steward started with just a sturdy plastic bag before converting later to a registered wooden library.

If you're already inspired to become a Little Free Library steward, you can browse ready-to-use libraries here, blueprints for building your own library here, and inspiration for some of the incredibly creative libraries others have built here.

Another option is the Impact Library Program, which provides no-cost Little Free Libraries to high-need communities in the U.S. It’s another way you can help more readers discover a good book.

Can I take a book from a Little Free Library, too?

Absolutely! Sharing books in communities is at the heart of this event.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below. We’re looking forward to inspiring many more readers with good books to read from September 16 to 22!





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message 1: by John (new)

John Hatley Such free book exchanges exist all over Germany, albeit not under the name of Little Free Library. I have used them often and will continue to do so!


message 2: by TMR (new)

TMR I will try and find one hopefully.


message 3: by snailboi (new)

snailboi Seminole Heights in Tampa is a haven for Little Free Libraries <3 I can’t wait to spread some literary joy on my morning bike rides this week!


message 4: by Shennae (new)

Shennae I’m always leaving books in these around Perth, Australia.


message 5: by Shennae (new)

Shennae I have to clear out the rubbish from these sadly like dodgy pirated DVDs or ripped up old magazines. Such a shame people use these shelves for dumping things.


message 6: by Shennae (new)

Shennae I often pick up lots of kids books, label them and share them in my local community like with clinics.


message 7: by Dulce (new)

Dulce i only put the book, not library


Patricia (Punky Bookster) My grandma and I put these Shel Silverstein books in a Little Library in Marion IA today. Where the Sidewalk EndsA Light in the AtticFalling UpEvery Thing on It


message 9: by A Robin Reads (new)

A Robin Reads I have one myself in my garden!


message 10: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters This is wonderful!!! Thanks for this great attention to The Little Free Libraries.

We have dozens -and dozens around our town in Willow Glen. I walk a lot and they are all such fun to peek into. Once in awhile I take a book -- not often - but its fun to see them available. I donate books to a wide variety of places --(Often mailing care packages of books to my friends around the country on Goodreads --people who are sick -- and people who can't leave their house often -- or really 'want' the books I have to send.

I also created a Little Free Library in our detached guest room -- the AirBnb we host in the back of our house. Its filled with a wide variety of books our guests can take home with them.
Our guest room is booked -- 95% to 100% every single day of the year. (its a spa/oasis retreat) --
I created a Little Free Library in our Airbnb room -- as a way to enjoy an immediate connection with our guests through books - and reading. Its turned out to be great fun. And we get authors who come here to stay a week with the intention of writing -- Having a quiet space. Twice -the authors mailed me a copy of their book that they wrote at place.

I can't take a photo right now --as guests are sleeping in the room.
but --I love these little free libraries -- Much adorable loving care has gone into them from their caretakers.

Cheers to the these little gems all over the world!!!


message 11: by Christine (new)

Christine We have many Little Free Libraries here in Baltimore County, MD, as well as in nearby Baltimore City. Some nearby ones are found outdoors and very accessible on church grounds, streets that are home to elementary schools, and on a popular shopping avenue. I’m hoping to build one soon, here on my own street. I love all of the many creative constructions and paint styles... but mostly love the fact of GIVING. They feel like a particular incarnation of a Random Act of Kindness, for readers.

For my part this week, I chose to visit a bunch of second-hand stores, and purchase a great quantity of children’s and teen books. Once I print out the downloadable form, I’m also going to include a bookmark in each. I’ll place 5-6 books in each Little Free Library that I know of, in my area, and take photos at that time.

As a retired teacher, it’s important to me that ALL children have access to books: public libraries are awesome, but kiddos also need books to own! This week is a great way to celebrate Little Free Libraries, and the spirit of GIVING. <3


message 12: by Candi (new)

Candi I love Little Free Libraries! My son built 2 of them last autumn for his Eagle Scout project. One is in our neighborhood and one near our parks and recreation department. We maintain both but have lots of help keeping them full by other users!


message 13: by ✨Yvette✨ (new)

✨Yvette✨ I have a little Free library, it’s so much fun!


message 14: by Shaunie (new)

Shaunie Oh my goodness! I didn't even know I had one by me! Thanks for the map! I can't wait to participate this week!


message 15: by Alma (new)

Alma Petterson I love the book boxes. I am always donating books and picking up a few. These are the best thing ever.


message 16: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters Candi wrote: "I love Little Free Libraries! My son built 2 of them last autumn for his Eagle Scout project. One is in our neighborhood and one near our parks and recreation department. We maintain both but have ..."

love that your son built them in association with his Eagle Scout project.

You have a wonderful family --and you're one of my favorite 'mom's on this site.......I have so much admiration for you Candi!!! xoxoxo


message 17: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters Christine wrote: "We have many Little Free Libraries here in Baltimore County, MD, as well as in nearby Baltimore City. Some nearby ones are found outdoors and very accessible on church grounds, streets that are hom..."

loved your post Christine


message 18: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters Alma wrote: "I love the book boxes. I am always donating books and picking up a few. These are the best thing ever."

Amen -Amen Amen!!! Alma. xo


message 19: by Debbie (last edited Sep 16, 2019 09:20AM) (new)

Debbie Where I live, Montreal Canada it is called Give a Book, T
ake a book.I love this idea and use it a lot!


message 20: by Ella (new)

Ella For those looking for Little Free Libraries - the organization has a map: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/


message 21: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Gatzlaff I love this idea! I first heard about this when I went to Denver, CO. It was in an airport. I just found out they have 3 free libraries in Tallahasse,FL. And I have a huge amount of books to donate.


message 22: by Athena (new)

Athena Thanks for sharing the link! I found one walking distance away from my place. I will check it out this afternoon with my daughter! =)


message 23: by Plum-crazy (new)

Plum-crazy As a dedicated bookcrosser I just love LFL's for sharing books. While on holiday travelling through North Carolina & the Virginias, I was so excited to come across some - made the holiday for me!


message 24: by Ed (new)

Ed Erwin There are tons of them around Berkeley. Many of them are not officially Little Free Libraries. Many of the ones which are official LFLs choose to not display their location on the official map.

Some are cleverly designed. Off the top of my head I remember two with plants growing on top, one with a chalkboard on top, one covered in Garfield cartoons, one that is 6 feet tall, two with benches attached, one with solar powered light, one which plays a recorded message when opened, one whose base is a tree trunk, two (next to each other) shaped like dachshunds, one which is only for books in French, one for music books (located inside the Jazz School), one had its own social media page (since removed), ...

Even more listed here: http://quirkyberkeley.com/rogue-littl...

One near me is so active that I frequently put a book in it on the way to lunch and it will be gone when I walk back on the way home. Others languish in obscurity with a collection that never seems to change.


message 25: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Just take the books and dip


message 26: by Jesus (last edited Sep 16, 2019 11:37AM) (new)

Jesus Valdez Almaral This is a great movement, I love it. I wonder how do you deal with robbers, in my community there was a book kiosk and some people vandalized it, breaking the glasses and just throwing the books to the floor, they didn´t even were going for the books, they just are against anything good.


message 27: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan I had no idea these existed until this article. And apparently there are 7 in my little Idaho city!


message 28: by Christine (new)

Christine Elyse wrote: "Christine wrote: "We have many Little Free Libraries here in Baltimore County, MD, as well as in nearby Baltimore City. Some nearby ones are found outdoors and very accessible on church grounds, st..."

Thanks, Elyse! Loved yours, as well! : )


message 29: by Joanna (new)

Joanna Cook Elyse wrote: "This is wonderful!!! Thanks for this great attention to The Little Free Libraries.

We have dozens -and dozens around our town in Willow Glen. I walk a lot and they are all such fun to peek into. O..."


What a lovely idea! I enjoy walking around my neighborhood -- there are four of these wonderful "libraries" in a one-mile radius. Leaving books inside and getting to borrow one feels a little bit like Christmas.

I am also lucky to have two Central libraries within walking distance of my home, but I like that there is no due date to return books to the little libraries, and if you really love them you can keep them. I like that I can give my favorite books, that I have read until I know every line by heart, and imagine that someone else will also have a little bit of Christmas. :)


message 30: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Brady Candi wrote: "I love Little Free Libraries! My son built 2 of them last autumn for his Eagle Scout project. One is in our neighborhood and one near our parks and recreation department. We maintain both but have ..."

That is so awesome. I wish there were more Eagle Scout projects like this. Anything that promotes reading, that makes the project truly useful. Congrats to your son for receiving his Eagle Scout.


message 31: by Candi (new)

Candi Thank you Elyse and Nancy for your very kind words! I'll get behind anything that will get more people reading! I have a pic of 'our' little free library on my profile page if you want to take a peek :)


message 32: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I love this, and I love LFL! Four near me!


message 33: by Emily (new)

Emily Well holy magnolia, Batman, there's one right in my neighborhood. I've walked by (and wondered about) it hundreds of times, but never knew what it was, and it was far enough back from the street that I didn't feel at liberty to go investigate.


message 34: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Elyse wrote: "I also created a Little Free Library in our detached guest room -- the AirBnb we host in the back of our house. Its filled with a wide variety of books our guests can take home with them.
Our guest room is booked -- 95% to 100% every single day of the year. (its a spa/oasis retreat) --
I created a Little Free Library in our Airbnb room -- as a way to enjoy an immediate connection with our guests through books - and reading. Its turned out to be great fun. And we get authors who come here to stay a week with the intention of writing -- Having a quiet space. Twice -the authors mailed me a copy of their book that they wrote at place."


Very cool!


message 35: by Caroline (last edited Sep 16, 2019 01:20PM) (new)

Caroline Emily wrote: "Well holy magnolia, Batman, there's one right in my neighborhood. I've walked by (and wondered about) it hundreds of times, but never knew what it was, and it was far enough back from the street th..."

They should put up a sign explaining what it is! I also see some sometimes that have no sign and don't understand why the owners would assume anyone knows what the thing is.


message 36: by Chloe (new)

Chloe I donate all my overflow (and that's BOXES) of books to my friend's LFL near Plummer Park in West Hollywood, CA. And she has back issue of good magazines like NYer, NY, Atlantic, ACLU and others too. Take one Leave One. Also kid's books. Find a book and go to the park and relax. What a wonderful idea!!!


message 37: by Chloe (new)

Chloe I am reading the Goldfinch right now.


message 38: by Anonyma'am (new)

Anonyma'am Lovely idea. Doesn't work so well. Jerks in my city go around in cars (some high-end ones!) and scrape all the books into backpacks and bags. I assume they sell them. Better to donate to your local library, adult family home, skilled nursing facility, or VA Hospital.


message 39: by Carolina (new)

Carolina John wrote: "Such free book exchanges exist all over Germany, albeit not under the name of Little Free Library. I have used them often and will continue to do so!"

I never used them myself because most books were in German and I'm not proficient enough, but where I lived there were little libraries in carved tree trunks in the middle of the forest. They were beautiful!


message 40: by Ed (new)

Ed Erwin Anonyma'am wrote: "Jerks in my city go around in cars (some high-end ones!) and scrape all the books into backpacks and bags. I assume they sell them. ..."

That sometimes happens here, but not on such a large scale. Here people steal bikes and bike parts instead, or else break into cars to steal stuff. They mostly leave the books alone.

Some bookstores will refuse to buy books that have the words "Little Free Library" written or stamped onto the first page. So that can help with the problem. It happens rarely enough around here that I don't worry about it.

I just got back from a bike ride where I stuck in a copy of The Difference Engine and pulled out a copy of Recursion. Seems like a fair trade! And interesting coincidence since Black Crouch is pictured above putting a book in one.


message 41: by Susan (new)

Susan Here in Australia, we have Street Libraries, some of which are affiliated with the Little Free Library organisation. There is also a growing number of "underground" street libraries not affiliated with either organisation.

We've been having fun visiting our local street libraries, where I've found several new favourite authors. Some are the birdhouse-like libraries shown in this article, while other are made from recycled fridges, like the "Bizzy Bee" library below, and chilled drinks cabinets. I'm currently reading a book I found in an old spin dryer!




message 42: by Ed (new)

Ed Erwin Susan wrote: "..."

That one looks super! And it looks waterproof, too. Sadly some are not and I've had to discard some very moldy books.


message 43: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Carolina wrote: " . . . where I lived there were little libraries in carved tree trunks in the middle of the forest."

How charming!


message 44: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Croft I have a local one. Putting in Harry potter of course :)
Hopefully there is someone in the world who hasnt read it


message 45: by Elle (new)

Elle Elyse wrote: "This is wonderful!!! Thanks for this great attention to The Little Free Libraries.

We have dozens -and dozens around our town in Willow Glen. I walk a lot and they are all such fun to peek into. O..."


Elyse wrote: "This is wonderful!!! Thanks for this great attention to The Little Free Libraries.

We have dozens -and dozens around our town in Willow Glen. I walk a lot and they are all such fun to peek into. O..."


That sounds like heaven! Do you think you could send me the link to your AirBnB? I would love to leave a book of my own!


message 46: by Jessica/Carissa (new)

Jessica/Carissa Robinson There are no Little Free Libraries in my area whatsoever 😂 However I will be doing the "online version" in the near future, where you track your books instead, called www.bookcrossing.com - Despite there being no active members in my area either lol I will be reviving the trend, hopefully! Xxx


message 47: by Ed (new)

Ed Erwin Back in the old days, Goodreads itself facilitated sending and receiving books between members. I enjoyed that.


message 48: by Sera (new)

Sera There is at least one in Pittsfield MA on South Street right near the Berkshire Museum, however it’s not officially registered as it doesn’t show up on the map. Still happy to see it!


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ I'm going to put the pictures on my blog, but there is an official one up the coast from us, & an unofficial one in our towns laundromat. I have found some amazing books this way.


message 50: by etherealfire (new)

etherealfire I drop books off at a Little Library in front of our Skyforest, California Post Office. I've yet to take any though. My TBR and regular library list is massive.


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