We’ve all come across libraries, big or small, and maybe even free books, but few of us have ever heard of The Little Free Library.
Books are very important, they attribute to the growth of one’s personality and mind and consequently puts you a step closer to your goals. In 2009, a guy called Bol built a model of a one room postbox as a tribute to his mother; who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post with sign that read “Free Books” in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away.
Rick Brooks of UW-Madison saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a variety of goals for the common good, and so the idea of “Take a book, leave a book” came about. As of June 2016, there are over 40,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 countries around the world, 1 of which is at Beirut Digital District!
In the words of Charles William Eliot, a well renowned academic; Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient teachers.
At BDD, we understand the importance of engaging a community, where we can learn from one another and grow together. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; subsequently creating a stronger bond with one another.
The inauguration of BDD’s Little Free library happened on august 31st, where several books have been placed by members of the community, waiting for you to pick them up! For those who still do not understand how this works, the idea is pretty simple. Pick a book that you’ve read and you no longer need from home, place it in the BDD Little Free Library found in the garden and in return take a book that you would like to read which someone placed before you.
With doing so, you have access to a countless number of free books and information! Please do not take a book without placing one in return.
If you would like to add a Free Little Library in your neighborhood or would like to find out where the nearest Free Little Library is to you, visit their official website: www.FreeLittleLivrary.org
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