Little Free Libraries Growing In C'Ville, Around the World

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

July 13, 2013

Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the world, including a trio in Charlottesville. The newest free community library is on Essex Road.

"We wanted to let people know that it's their library and they can come and interact with it," said Aaron Baker, who built the first Little Free Library in Virginia in May 2012.

There are two more in Charlottesville since the Baker's built theirs on Palatine Avenue.

"It strikes conversations, and it's fun to see what shows up and what takes off," Baker said.

Some neighbors are just finding out how it works and how close it really is.

"We pass it every single day. Everyone in this house reads, so now we know and we can donate all of our old books and get something new," said neighbor Brian Dovel, who lives around the corner.

"We wanted people to know, you just come, take a book, leave a book, it's yours," Baker said.,

The next one was built at a home on Blueberry Road and the newest Little Free Library is on Essex Road. Two more neighborhoods that can spark new friendships.

"You get to know who lives two houses down from you. It's nice to know your closest community of people around you," said Baker.

Two more libraries mean spreading the love, a love that Baker is teaching his two sons: about reading and sharing.

"I tell them lets look through our stuff and put something out there and explain that when we do that, we're not expecting it to come back," he said.

It's a trend growing in Charlottesville and around the world and as it grows, new trends begin. Some people have left short notes in the book when they leave it in the Little Free Library for the next person.

To find out more about Little Free Library or to build your own, visit the organization's website.

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