Have you seen those charming dollhouse-sized boxes on posts in people’s front yards throughout town?
Each cute little box is filled with books.
It’s a book exchange program through the non-profit organization, Little Free Library, which aims to promote literacy. Their tagline is: Take a Book. Leave a Book.
To encourage summer reading, we did exactly that.
The kids went through their stash of books and chose ones to donate and I looked on the organization’s website for an area of town that had several boxes within six or so blocks of each other.
With our map and backpacks, we took a walk.
The excitement of opening each little door to see what it would reveal was thrilling. And I loved reading with the kids at each of the stops…especially the one with the bench thoughtfully placed next to the box.
Yet, as with many of our outings, our memories will revolve around the bonus experiences:
- We were greeted by a friendly feline at one box.
- We befriended a sweet dog and her owner who kindly allowed the kids to throw a Frisbee over and over for the pooch in their front yard.
- We joined a gaggle of kids to track down the elusive ice cream truck that was taunting us with its cheery music. We never found it.
It was an afternoon of relaxed, neighborly fun.
A big thanks to all the residents who bring the joy of reading to Duluth!
Got any creative ways to promote summer reading? Share your ideas in the comment box below. Thanks!