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Little Free Library in Fort Dodge, Iowa

Little Free Library in Fort Dodge, Iowa

Do you love books? Do you love libraries? Do you think Little Free Libraries are adorable and need to be everywhere? Do you want to help get books into the hands of those who need them most through free book exchanges?

I’m guessing you answered the same way I did, which was Yes, Yes, Yes, and YES!

Little Free Library Long Beach

Little Free Library in Long Beach

(And in the off-chance that you have not yet discovered the magic of Little Free Libraries, please allow me the privilege of introducing you. Little Free Libraries are ridiculously cute structures that serve as neighborhood book exchanges. There are over 25,000 registered Little Free Libraries in the world.)

Little Free Library in Alberta, Calgary

Little Free Library in Alberta, Calgary

Kickstarter campaign began last week to double the amount of Little Free Libraries to 50,000 within the next two years in “book deserts.” Kris Hudson, Little Free Library’s Director of Marketing and Communication, describes book deserts as follows: “Like a food desert-an area where fresh, nutritious foods are difficult to find or afford-a book desert is a place where books are difficult to access.” (See map of book deserts in the United States here.)

Little Free Library in Fenton, Michigan

Little Free Library in Fenton, Michigan

Of course the benefit of contributing to this Kickstarter campaign is knowing that you’re helping to bring books to urban and rural book deserts around the world. But there are some other perks when you contribute, including the following (check out their campaign for a complete list!):

$15: Little Free Library Keychain or Zipper Pull made in an Amish saddle shop

$30: Whatcha Readin’ kid’s t-shirt

$40: A signed copy of Margret Aldrich’s The Little Free Library Book

The Little Free Library Book

$50: A Little Free Library tote bag

Little Free Library Tote

$1,000: A special reissue of the original Little Free Library

Little Free Library Original Structure

Little Free Library is looking to raise $50,000 by Friday, May 22, 2015 so they can bring more little libraries into high-need neighborhoods who need them the most. Join the cause and contribute to their Kickstarter campaign today!


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