Have you ever noticed the cute little houses atop poles and near the sidewalk on a few properties in your city? A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have my daughter and her family visiting from BC. Somehow we got talking about little free libraries and ended by looking up a few nearby.
I was so enthralled by the idea of leaving books for others and borrowing one someone else had left that I went to my trunk immediately. These days I always have a few copies of my latest book with me in case an occasion presents itself. I pulled out a book, Beth took my picture beside the little free library and voila! We notified the homeowner and she was enthralled. She said she pulled out my book to start reading immediately. Maybe one of these days I’ll meet her!
The Little Free Libraries we visited in my city (Woodstock) are at :
48 Blue Jay Boulevard
242 Munnoch Boulevard
38 Sioux Crescent
683 College Avenue
The Little Free Library service is supported online by a few websites. Here is a library box you can buy from littlefreelibrary that I love because it’s blue, my favourite colour. Click on the link to see the many choices available from this site. I also noticed that libraries can be dedicated to certain types of books. One of the ones my daughter, granddaughter and I visited was dedicated to the younger generation. That was great fun but some library box designs would probably not hold the larger books for very young children. You have to plan, don’t you?
Check out this link as well for 5 steps to starting your own little free library. the link offers lots of help in short order. This is one of those great ideas that you can start with very little effort.
Of course you can also build your own library box. You must make sure it is sturdy and weatherproof and there are plans available online. You can be up and running with your own library in no time.
Take a moment to watch this video about how littlefreelibrary.org sees its vision to change the world. Click on the link here and then click on the link to see their website video. It will give you a warm spot in your heart.
check your own neighborhood for free libraries
sort your own books and find some to donate to free libraries
if you are an author leave your books with a bookmark or business card in them
“Elaine, I enjoyed reading your story about growing up in Oxford County. (My Story, My Song) As I read along I kept saying to myself …yes, I remember that. I knew/ know some of the people you mentioned as well. Your river story reminded me of our three season farm ponds which were so massive we felt sorry for the poor kids in town who had to skate in a circle and could only change direction when the whistle blew. I was not impressed with that when I first skated in an arena and yes I also started out with second hand black skates.” Bernice
“Elaine, I just finished your book, The Loyalist’s Daughter. It was a great read and is hard to imagine how someone can put together such a book. Well done!”
Terry and Sally
“We both loved The Loyalist’s Daughter. So happy we have a ‘signed’ copy. Thanks for doing that.” Carol and Dennis.
“What a remarkable book! I just finished yesterday….It is one of those books that, at the end of each chapter, the urge is to ‘just read one more chapter’ before turning out the light….I had no idea what is involved in organizing such a fund raising venture and ventures across Canada and you explained it so well….[This] book that you wrote on his life and huge contributions needed to be written….Thanks for putting your writing skills to work into the life of Ron Calhoun.” John Snoddy
“Just finished your first book in your Loyalist trilogy – really, really enjoyed it. Those folks sure were hardy types in those days – I don’t think I could even survive a walk to the outhouse – hahaha. Looking forward to reading the next one.” Lisa Hutchison
“I loved the book. [The Man Behind the Marathons] So glad for the way you set it up. It kept me reading. And then the section on Ron came just as I was about headed to Google to see what led Ron to be the guy he was. The quality of the paper was a real asset. Top quality for a top quality story about a top quality guy. Congratulations. I felt your heart in every page. Thanks for letting me have an early look at the book. Very cherished.” Sue Hilborn
“Just finished your book. [The Man Behind the Marathons] It is great – so many interesting things about Terry and Steve (whom I had forgotten about). Ron’s story is, if possible, even more interesting. I can see why you were drawn into his life as a suitable subject for your first nonfiction. I did wonder how Ron’s one set of clothes washed by his mother every night were dry for school the next morning . . . and which race your ‘young daughter’ beat you in.” Wayne C.
“Just finished all three and enjoyed the stories as they were woven into the history of that area. Congratulations!” Lorrie Miller on Facebook, reacting to The Loyalist Legacy‘s Chill With a Book Award.
“It was a pleasure to be at the LWS meeting last night. Great information shared. Love your books and writing style. I will give them as gifts. They bring this time in history to life in a way that one will never forget. Thank you!” Rosemary
“Elaine Cougler has written a page-turning novel of the American Revolution through the eyes of a conflicted loyalist soldier and his indomitable wife. You’ll feel the hardship of homesteading, the fear of the enemy, the blows of battle, and the pain of separation. You’ll be transported through history. This is not just a novel written about another time, it seems written in another time.” Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans, Stephen Leacock medal winner
“I bought all three books at Probus club meeting in London. I loved the stories. I am now a student reading more about the war of 1812. Thank you for your stories. Love your writing style.” Gwen Moore
“I was delighted with the way you handled the Norwich Rebellion in the last Loyalist book, Elaine, and have heard many positive comments about it.” Marie A.
“I’m an impatient reader. If my interest isn’t piqued right from the get-go, I simply don’t continue reading the book. Both of the Loyalist books drew me in immediately!” Elaine B
“The Loyalist’s Luck is one of the best sequels I’ve read in a long time. It picks up right where The Loyalist’s Wife left off and takes the reader to Canada with a group of Loyalists escaping the American Revolution.” Denise F