Have you ever seen a “Little Free Library?” It will be a small wooden box with maybe ten to twenty books inside. Anyone is welcome to take a book from it. They are asked to either return the book when they are finished with it, or put in a different book. You can find them in rural areas where libraries are few and far between. You can also find them in odd places, like the hospital cafeteria where I often stop to get a cup of coffee.
Todd Bol, an ordinary guy living in Wisconsin, put up the first “Little Free Library” box in his front yard back in 2009. He borrowed the idea from stories he heard about Lutie Stearns, a dedicated librarian who shuttled small batches of books to about 1400 different places in Wisconsin between 1895 and 1915. People heard about Todd’s library box, and started putting up their own boxes. Soon people all over the country, and even in other countries, were putting up little boxes of books. At the beginning of this year, there were over 36,000 registered library boxes around the world!
I felt privileged to have stumbled across one of these boxes, and donated some books to honor my son. It’s such a small thing to do, but it is a kind gesture to individuals who unexpectedly find themselves at the hospital, with nothing to do as they wait for word from the surgery room. If you stumble upon a Little Free Library, stick a book in it!