Little Free Library

Take a book, leave a book. The grassroots Little Free Library movement has taken the country by storm.

littlefreelibrary-1Beginning in 2009, the first Little Free Library was built by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin. He built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother who was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard where many of his neighbors and friends would stop by and they all loved it so much that Bol built more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said ‘FREE BOOKS.’

Since then, Little Free Libraries have been popping up around the world. The Little Free Library Movement’s mission is “to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

By the end of 2011 there were nearly 400 Little Free Libraries across the U.S. and by May of 2012, Little Free Library was officially established as a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation with a board of directors. By September, the Internal Revenue Service granted them tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and by November 2016, Little Free Library reached 50,000 Libraries across the globe. 

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When friends of ours decided to start a Little Free Library in Fleetwood, PA recently we had to be a part of their exciting endeavor!  Paisley Dog Press happily donated Library Card Letterpress Bookmarks (See photos above) for their entire library, which is perfect for those of us who miss the old days of checking out a book by hand from the library. And with this bookmark, you can see the books “secret life” and where it has traveled. Purchase your own Library Card Letterpress Bookmarks HERE.

We have a wide variety of bookmark designs available, such as our collection with quotes from famous authors perfect for all bookworms. All of our bookmarks are printed by hand on our vintage platen presses using 100% cotton paper. Check out our whole collection of bookmarks HERE.

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“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.”
–R. David Lankes

 


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