I love to read, and I also love to buy books. But, I only have one bookcase in my small apartment, so over the last few years, I have been trying to be better about only buying books I can’t get at the library, trading others, and donating ones that I don’t feel like I need to keep.
Often, I use those books to trade, send to friends, or donate… but I decided to use mine for a little adventure last weekend that still gave back to my community.
I looked up a few Little Free Libraries in the neighborhood near my apartment complex and drove to five of them to drop off a stack of 9 books I’d read, but didn’t plan on keeping.
If you’re not familiar, Little Free Library is a non-profit aimed at expanding access to books across the country. People build their own Little Free Library in their yard at home, or maybe a school or a business has one, and anyone can pick a book, trade, or donate one.
I didn’t really care if I got any books in return — I have plenty at home. But, I took a few minutes to look at the books there just to see what was inside.
Some of the libraries were very mixed, while others were limited to children’s books. I had a mix of books for adults and young adults in my stack, and I tried to leave one or two that fit with the library itself. I visited five libraries, donated nine books, and kept one for myself.
It was just an hour-long adventure, but it was really fun driving around finding the libraries and seeing how different they all were!
If you have some books to donate, I’d definitely recommend looking on the Little Free Library map to see if there are some nearby… I was honestly shocked at how many were around!
Here’s to weekend adventures 🙂
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