They are the local outposts of the "little free library" movement - a philanthropic idea started in 2009 by a couple of guys in Wisconsin. Accordong to the organization's website, what began as an effort to build 2,500 free book exchanges in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie - an early supporter of libraries in the U.S. - has exploded to over 36,000 mostly in the last 3 years.
The idea is you bring books and exchange them with ones you find in the library you would like to read. There are usually a good number of childrens books, and it's a great way to encourage kids to read. They love going to see what's in these little houses.
Here are the ones we've seen around town. Know of any others?
|Greenway at Bottom of Kimberly|
|North Faulkner in McConnell|
|Pine St/Virginia St|
|Appollinaire in Bradford neighborhood|