Little Free Libraries: Overrated or Underrated?
Whenever you discover that something you thought was universally loved is not, in fact, universally loved, it can be a shock.
It can also be enlightening.
That was the case when I read some recent conversations online (beginning with this tweet by @himissjulie, and continued by @readitrealgood and others) about the not great aspects of Little Free Libraries.
I was originally going to title this piece: Little Free Libraries: The Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Use Again, mainly because I liked the reference. But I stopped myself, because I don’t necessarily feel that way. I’ve used them. I’ve seen kids use them. They give me a little hope.
In the school district where I work, our curriculum director has made a big push over the last few years to install Little Free Libraries around town. It’s been a positive.
But there are other ways to look at the matter. Things I hadn’t considered before diving into the online conversation. Like how you’re more likely to find them in well-to-do neighborhoods. And if left alone, they can accumulate a lot of junky books no one wants to read. These are very good points.
Like I said earlier – I’m feeling enlightened.
So what do you say? Are Little Free Libraries overrated? Underrated? Tell me your opinion and why in the comments.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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