But what's especially wonderful, in my opinion, is how people design and decorate their libraries. Some of them are works of art. Others are just very unique and creative. I took a drive around my neighborhood and photographed a few to share with you.
Let's start with the basic model. Colorful and welcoming, it's like a cottage for books. And at the top it has the same directions found on all little libraries. Take a book, leave a book.
And here's another one, built with bamboo. A Little Tiki Library.
This one has a magazine rack on the bottom. It's very cute, but you'd have to remember to take the magazines out before it rains.
When I stopped by this library I had the chance to chat with the owner, who was reading a book in a chair next to his library. I made this photo larger so you can read the signs underneath. They add a very fun touch, pointing the way to the ocean on one side, and his house on the other.
This tiny library is truly a work of art. At first look, I was struck by the mosaic roof, and the vintage bottle caps decorating the door.
Then I checked out the sides of the library and they are so sweet. One has a collection of miniature bottles, pots and pans and tiny gears. The other side is equally wonderful, featuring a tiny artist's palette and brushes, a miniature painting on an easel and a finished painting of a bee.
Even my son's school has built a Little Free Library. It's a great way to share children's books.
As much as I enjoy looking at the libraries, I haven't used one yet, I have too many books stacked by my bed waiting to be read. But once I finish the next one, I will drop it off at one of my local libraries. And I'd love to hear if you have any Little Free Libraries in your area, and if you've ever made use of one. Thanks for joining me today!