Did you know that there is only one book per 300 children in low-income neighborhoods? Or that one-third of Americans have never met their neighbors?
Imagine a world where every child has a book to read at bedtime, and every neighbor feels welcome in their community. You can help the Little Free Library nonprofit organization make that a reality!
Our mission is to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. There are nearly 70,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 85 countries sharing tens of millions of books each year. This sharing network profoundly increases access to books for readers of all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. At the same time, it strengthens communities and brings people together.
But we've reached only a fraction of the communities we want to serve! Can you help us grow the Little Free Library sharing network?
How Little Free Libraries (and You!) Create Change
Your donation will help fulfill our vision of a Little Free Library in every neighborhood and a book in every hand, making stories like these possible:
"Every once in a while, I glance out my front window and catch people enjoying my library. They look happy. They look as if they’ve been blessed by a stranger’s kindness. You can’t put a price on that. Just like you can’t measure the worth of free books." –Heather E.
"A boy in our neighborhood who is dyslexic uses our LFL to get books so he can choose a book at his reading level without his friends seeing at school." –Tracy M.
"We have adults increasing their reading skills along with their children. I get notes of thanks from strangers who find a book that changes or saves their lives." –Anonymous
"I am an immigrant started from scratch in a country of many possibilities.... After 21 years I can do something for the neighbors and community. Even better because I can get children to support and promote reading. We hope that no one will leave empty-handed from the library." –Margaret J.
Your Donation Makes a Difference!
All contributions through CrowdRise will be used to support the general operations of the Little Free Library nonprofit organization to help grow and enrich our sharing network, and to support our 70,000 amazing volunteer stewards through guidance and resources. Funds also will be applied toward programs like the Action Book Club, which combines reading with community service, and Kids, Community & Cops, which helps create positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth through books.
You can feel confident that your donation will be used efficiently and effectively: We have been named a “Gold-Level Nonprofit” by Guidestar and a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits.
Important note: Your contribution can have a BIG impact. It will help us unlock the door to a potential $100,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation!
Thank you for helping us spread the joy and power of sharing books!