[Michlib-l] Results of Little Free Library discussion

Jessica Holman jdholman at uproc.lib.mi.us
Fri Feb 13 14:27:27 EST 2015


Good afternoon,

Thank you to everyone who gave their input on Little Free Libraries.
You've been very helpful.

Several people asked for the findings, so I thought it would be good to
share with the list serv.  The majority of those who responded thought
highly of Little Free Libraries.

*Highlights of Michlib-l list serv regarding Little Free Libraries*

Useful web sites and articles:

   - http://littlefreelibrary.org/ Official Little Free Library site
   - http://www.tadl.org/littlefreelibrary Traverse Area District Library’s
   Little Free Library
   -
   http://www.heritage.com/articles/2014/08/30/ypsilanti_courier/news/doc5400aeadbc6fe137501128.txt
   Ypsilanti District Library sets up Little Free Library next to bus stop, on
   library’s premises
   -
   http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/the-low-tech-appeal-of-little-free-libraries/375101/
   The low-tech appeal of Little Free Libraries
   - Locally,
   http://www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/592011/Take-a-book--leave-a-book--at-the-Little-Free-Library.html?nav=5001
   Take a book, leave a book at the Little Free Library (Harvey, MI)

Pros:

   - Positive addition to the community
   - Does not detract from library services
   - Popular when the brick-and-mortar library is closed
   - Many LFL users become patrons
   - Good advertising/marketing venue for brick-and-mortar library;
   positive press coverage
   - Cheaper than a bookmobile
   - Some libraries have LFL on their premises
   - Stock with extra donations or discarded materials

Cons:

   - Kits are expensive
   - Homeowner association resistance
   - Time and maintenance required
   - Weathering
   - Hard to keep stocked with children’s books

Who builds/maintains Little Free Libraries?

   - Libraries
   - Friends of the Library
   - Rotary
   - Boy Scouts
   - Private parties





-- 
Jessica Holman
Library Director
Negaunee Public Library
319 West Case Street
Negaunee, MI 49866
(906) 475-7700 ext. 18
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