The Little Free Library program in Guntersville was launched in 2017 with five converted newspaper bins, hand-painted by local artists.
A collaborative project between the Friends of the Library, Anchor Club and Guntersville Museum, the book exchanges have been a success and are still going strong, according to the Friends.
Over the years, the book bins have been relocated to meet the needs of the community and to reach new readers. Currently, the locations are: McDonald’s, Chick fil-A, the Laundry Basket on Blount, Crain Court and Old Station Townhomes. In addition, JaMoka’s of Guntersville has a reading nook with books supplied by the Friends of the Library.
All locations stock a variety of subjects for adults and children. Participants may take a book, read a book or leave a book. If anyone has numerous books to donate, they may drop them off at the Guntersville Public Library. Some of the books are used for the Little Free Libraries and others are used for the Friends of the Library book store. The Friends curate the bags of books for each bin and the Anchor Club members re-stock the bins weekly.
The local program is affiliated with the national Little Free Library organization, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
From their website www.littlefreelibrary.org:
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.