September 2013 – Little Free Library
The donation of September 2013 goes to:
Little Free Libraries are a community movement in the United States and worldwide that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. They are also referred to as community book exchanges, book trading posts, pop-up libraries, and Noox (Neighbourhood bOOk eXchange), amongst other terms.
The idea was popularized in Hudson, Wisconsin when Todd Bol mounted a wooden container designed to look like a schoolhouse on a post on his lawn as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. Bol shared his idea with his partner Rick Brooks who found many efficient ways to spread the word, and the idea spread rapidly. Library owners can create their own library box, usually about the size of a dollhouse, or purchase one from the website. Libraries may be registered for a fee and assigned a number at the organization’s website. Libraries can be found through their GPS coordinates. Owners receive a sign that reads “Little Free Library”. They often have the phrase, “Take a Book. Leave a Book.”
As of February 2013, all 50 states and 40 countries worldwide have been involved in the literary program. The original goal was the creation of 2,150 Little Libraries, which would surpass the number of libraries founded by Andrew Carnegie. As of January 2013, there are between 5,000 to 6,0000 Little Libraries worldwide. An estimated 1,650,000 books were donated and borrowed from 2010-2013.