It’s a birdhouse. It’s a mailbox. No, it’s a Little Free Library and it is chock-full of books!
With roughly 3,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide, the book exchange is about more than just providing books and encouraging literacy, according to the organization’s library development specialist.
“It's about connecting people,” said Megan Hanson. “It's about creating a sense of connection within neighborhoods and diminishing that sense of isolation that many people feel in today's technology-driven world.”
Jack McDaniel lives across the street from the Little Free Library in Woodbury’s Tamarack Estates neighborhood. He said it popped up about a year ago and he checked it out after cutting his grass one day.
“I think there’s a thought in the neighborhood that it’s become less and less friendly. People don’t get together anymore,” said McDaniel who has lived in the Woodbury neighborhood for nearly 20 years.
Yet McDaniel observed that this summer seemed to be the lending library’s busiest time, but he also noticed something else: it has remained vandalism-free.
“I was expecting something like that, but the fact that it’s not been vandalized is testimony to this neighborhood,” McDaniel told Patch.
According to the organization’s map, the Woodbury Little Free Library is not registered, and attempts to contact the stewards were unsuccessful.
But they have posted a message in the window that thanks visitors for stopping by, gives brief instructions of what to do and states, “We hope you continue to enjoy this Little Library!”
Check out the Little Free Library website for more information.