Karen Brunner. Hudson, WI. I am an academic librarian and grew up with a mom who would drop everything to take me to the library. Now my husband and I are doing our best to instill a love of books and libraries in our two young daughters. A big thank you to my dad for making me such a wonderful library!
Reminiscent of old-style British post boxes, Little Free Libraries have rapidly grown in popularity since their inception in 2009. The movement began in Hudson, Wisconsin, where Todd Bol installed a Little Free Library shaped like a schoolhouse on his front lawn. The idea caught on, a nonprofit was founded, and there are now LFLs in all fifty states of the U.S. and forty countries around the world—an estimated six thousand total. --via Book Riot
James Spitzer. Portland OR. Located on a corner at a curve in the road, it encourages passing motorist and walkers to slow down look or at least smile at the landscaped mini-park with bench and books shaded by mature birch trees. It is built of the finest discards from construction sites using fine woodworking techniques. Stewards are Jim and Susan Spitzer and Carol and Eric Means. A Grand Opening pot luck dinner drew a couple dozen lovers of literature who made the first contributions.