Here in Beloit, you might have seen a small, hut-shaped cupboard—something akin to a very large birdhouse or a small doghouse—sitting in Bushel & Peck’s. It’s a library. A Little Free Library, to be exact.
Armed with the motto “give a book, return a book,” Beloit alumnus Rick Brooks’69 and a friend founded Little Free Libraries. The concept is simple: a few books, and a small structure/container to house them, open to any and everyone. Although the two men met just several years ago, there are now some 200 Little Free Libraries in 34 states and 17 countries. (You can see a photo gallery of some of the libraries on the founders’ website.)
On Wednesday (March 7) the two were interviewed on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered," where they said they want to found more than 2,500 libraries around the world—that’s more, even, than Andrew Carnegie.
Listen to the full radio story here: “'Little Free Libraries' Hope For Lending Revolution”