Margret Aldrich’s Little Free Library Book worth checking out

LittleFreeLibraryBookClassic participatory journalism is alive and well.

Forget the author who doesn’t give a hoot about the subject. Here’s Margret Aldrich, proud Little Free Library steward and master storyteller, creating a gem in The Little Free Library Book (Coffee House Press).

Aldrich gets it. She has experienced the joy of sharing books, spreading kindness and connecting with little-known neighbors. That makes her the perfect choice to tell the story of Little Free Library founder Todd Bol, who launched the idea in 2009. Bol has seen more than 25,000 of these sharing sites (in all 50 states and 80-plus countries) emerge. He believes that “humanity’s sweeter side emerges when neighbors share books and ideas.”

Additionally, Aldrich captured a wealth of Little Free Library steward stories in her 264 pages. People do more than offer a box of books on a post outside their home. They create a totem to their favorite titles. Boxes are decorated like dollhouses or other emblems of personal reading tastes.

The Pennekamp family in Los Angeles told about one surprising group of patrons. Doctors in scrubs appeared for book browsing. Actually, the visitors said, “We’re not doctors. We’re actors. We just play doctors on Grey’s Anatomy.”

The author knows the book-sharing idea is hypnotic. That’s why she salted the book with helpful chapters such as “How to Start A Little Free Library,” “If You Build It” (about pre-made boxes available from the LFL Foundation) and even how to “yarn bomb” your structure. Included is a detailed construction plan for a basic library structure.

Full color throughout, this book belongs on every coffee table. Applause belongs to book designer Linda Koutsky. Combine that with a passionate author who knows how to represent this fun, new tradition, and you’ve got an informative and always-entertaining book that you may never want to share in a Little Free Library. Or, you’ll buy one to keep and one to share. It’s that good!




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