Little Free Libraries Can Inspire Reading AND Writing!

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Founded in 2009, the Little Free Library movement promotes literacy and a love of reading by providing free book exchange points in neighborhoods all over the world!

Little Free Libraries work on the premise of “take a book; return a book.” These adorable little buildings also help instill a sense of community between the library stewards and the patrons who come by to borrow books. With over 25,000 locations worldwide—and more being built every day—you’ll find Little Free Libraries almost anywhere book lovers are! And while we know the idea of reading speaks to the heart of every writer, there are also lessons that Little Free Libraries can teach you about your craft:

Be open to something new. Imagine this: You’re walking through your neighborhood. You round the corner and suddenly you notice a new Little Free Library! New ideas for your work can appear in familiar places too. Keep exploring your local park or favorite coffee shop—you never know when a new detail will jump out at you and onto your page.

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Reach beyond your comfort zone. Every Little Free Library is unique; not only in structure but in reading selections. Since the choice of books is always changing, you never know what titles will be offered! This gives you the perfect opportunity to try a book you wouldn’t normally consider reading. And trying something new can also inspire your writing. Consider writing in a genre you aren’t as comfortable working in. You might find that you enjoy the new genre—and maybe even have a knack for writing in it!

Don’t go it alone. Little Free Libraries are a fantastic way to interact and get involved with your community! Cooperation and planning between you and your neighbors will ensure the library stays stocked with interesting books to read. And if there isn’t a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, perhaps it’s up to you to start one! In the same way, the community of a writers group or a writing circle can help you hone your craft. Having others offer feedback on your writing might just be the new angle you need to work out a particularly tricky part of your story or poem.

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