The June 2014 issue of The Illinois Library Association Reporter contains several articles on little free libraries, and includes information on the ones on Syracuse’s Near Westside. Lauren Collen, the librarian at the Machesney Elementary School, did an excellent job gathering information on the variety of little free libraries that exist and talking about their impact. One of the projects that truly excited her is the one in Minneapolis, MN, where they have envisioned have a little free library on every block. You can read the full article that talks about Minneapolis, Syracuse, El Paso and Cleveland here.
In her option piece (“My Turn”), Collen wonders if ‘we could have ‘literacy friendly neighborhood’ programs that help grow readers.” Clearly Todd Bol and Rick Brooks believe that the answer is “yes”. Now the question is how can we all create more LFLs and other environments to help this become a reality?