On Tuesday, we shared with you how and where you can spring clean for a good cause in Lexington. Today, we’re telling you about another opportunity to help the community + breathe new life into your bookshelves with 60+ free libraries.
Pro tip: With school almost out, this city-wide book shopping spree is a fun way to find your next beach read or explore our city with the little ones in your life.
The Lexington Public Library is helping to make books more accessible in neighborhoods where actual brick-and-mortar libraries are scarce through the Tiny Library program. There are 24 tiny libraries scattered throughout the city, offering opportunities for readers of all ages to find their love of literature.
The Tiny Libraries function on the honor system — books are free to take, and you can donate your own books for others to enjoy as well. If you’ve got questions, reach out to the library here.
Little Free Library
While the Tiny Libraries are uniform, the Little Free Libraries come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. The Little Free Library concept is not a city-sponsored program — it’s a nonprofit working to build community + create a love of reading by supporting neighborhood book exchanges all over the world.
Fun fact: In Lexington, we have 48 Little Free Libraries, but globally, there are 125,000 in 100+ countries.
Little Free Library also has a map feature that allows you to see all of the locations in your area. This tool is useful because sometimes the address listed isn’t exact, and you may need to explore the neighborhood a bit for the location.
Want to build your own? Check out this helpful video to learn how you can share your favorite reads with Lexington.