http://littlefreelibrary.org/, the first little free library was built in 2009 in Wisconsin. This idea has grown so that there are now at least 15,000 little free libraries world-wide. While North Americans are blessed with large local libraries where books can be borrowed at no cost, many countries lack this resource. The little libraries in Ghana, Pakistan and Turkey are a way for people to access printed materials that may otherwise be unaffordable to them.
My talented husband designed and built our little library. He installed it this morning, and I have been pondering which books to include. It has a weather-proof front flap to lift and find the books kept dry inside. I hope it will be a way to meet more of our neighbours. It's a way of saying, "We care." We care not just about literacy but the well-being of the people around us.