Monday, March 25, 2013

Little Free Library

The “Little Free Library” movement has arrived in Sonoma County. Currently, there are two libraries located in the town of Sonoma and one in Cotati. The Little Free Library is a worldwide nonprofit organization that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. It was founded in Hudson, Wisconsin by Todd Bol.
Kathy O’Neill of Sonoma built her Little Free Library out of reused materials and “dedicated it to Maurice Sendak, author of one of my favorite childhood library books.” The sign encourages passers-by to “Take a book. Return a book.” and a bench offers visitors a seat while browsing.
Anyone can create their own library box, which is usually about the size of a doll house, or purchase one from the Little Free Library website. Once registered, the libraries are assigned a number and owners are sent a sign that reads “Little Free Library.”
Locations of all the Little Free Libraries around the world are listed on this Google map.


  1. What a great sketch! I love your use of color and an added plus is that I get to learn something through your narrative!

  2. Thanks Cathy! I've seen pictures of these little libraries on Flickr and they are adorable! I love the concept and hope to see more of them. I gave Cathy a copy of my book The Artist on the Road: Impressions of Greece and she added it to her Little Library. Cool!

  3. I finally know what those bird houses are! The impressions of Greece look beautiful. I like Achilleas Hotel, walking distance from Syntagma.

  4. Thanks Cristina! Yes, those little bird houses you see in front of peoples homes are libraries.

  5. I love your sketch and little free libraries! Yesterday I drove all around Cotati looking for it. Where is it located?


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