The doors are never locked and you can get a book any hour of the day, seven days a week. It may sound too good to be true but there are two such libraries in Lawrence. They are called “Little Free Libraries and are part of emerging trend all across the country.
CJ Brune has one of these libraries in front of her house. Her home is located on 17th Street near the KU campus. “The Little Free Library is a nationwide experiment in community,” says Brune. She has a real passion for books. She has about 100,000 books throughout her house. She believes that her library is a great way to share her passion for books with others. “It’s a lovely way to watch the neighbors come and go,” says Brune.
Brune loves to sit on her porch and people watch. She says the library is a great conversation starter. People can take or leave a book and they are all free. But Brune says the best part is the hours. “They can come in the middle of the night. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Come and pick out a book,” she says.
The “Little Free Library” can be found in communities all across the country. There is even a website dedicated showing off these unusual libraries and it tells you how to make your own “Little Free Library and how to get it certified.