Finding a Little Free Library in your neighborhood is unquestionably a delightful experience. But for me, at least, it has always been a matter of serendipity; stumbling across a tiny house for books while out for a stroll. However, finding a Little Free Library near you just got a lot easier thanks to a little help from The Jed Mahonis Group — the Little Free Library app is available now.
“The heart of Little Free Library’s mission is building community and expanding book access for all readers,” Little Free Library Executive Director Greig Metzger said in a release. “A Little Free Library book-sharing box provides the physical connection between volunteer stewards, patrons looking for books and partner organizations that provide support. With the mobile application, it is easier and more convenient to find and support a registered Little Free Library. Greater ease and convenience facilitates community connections, expands awareness and grows book access.”
The organization’s first app, the Little Free Library app allows users to search for and interact with Little Free Libraries in several ways:
- Search for Little Free Libraries near you
- Create a mapped route to visit specific Little Free Libraries
- Track the Little Free Libraries you visit using check-ins
- Save your favorite Little Free Libraries
- See photos of Little Free Libraries and learn their stories
- Leave messages for Little Free Library stewards (caretakers of the libraries) in virtual guest books
The app also gives Little Free Library volunteer stewards greater control over their location:
- Edit and update your library details in real time
- Upload photos of your Little Free Library
- Alert users when your library needs book donations or has just added books
- Post a message for visitors
Enable a virtual guest book to interact with visitors
So, download the app, go for a walk (it’s supposed to be warmer soon!), and check out your nearest Little Free Library soon. Reading is FUNdamental. Or so my elementary school teachers always said.