Scattered around the South Bay are seemingly normal “mailboxes” that when examined up close, reveal themselves to be little libraries. Each one is labeled with a charter number and the name Little Free Library – intriguing us enough to do a little research on the movement.

As quoted on their website,

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.

We were shocked to learn that, to date, over 60,000 registered charters of Little Free Libraries exist in over 80+ countries! That translates to millions of books that are accessible 24/7 … with no late fees or time limits!

In the Redondo Beach alone there are 4 current Little Free Libraries at the following locations:

In the South Bay there are a total of 13!

So what exactly does the Little Free Organization do?

The site provides support to Little Free Library stewards by providing free building instructions, online resources and ongoing support from Little Free Library staff.  They offer access to free or discounted books through varying partners, and maintain online store stocked with Library kits and pre-built Library models.

The site also keep an up-to date world map of registered Little Free Libraries to help you locate a library and share books wherever you are!

An informal survey of over 3,000 Little Free Library stewards and fans conducted by Little Free Library staff in October 2017 unveiled the following statistics:

  • 92% of people report that their neighborhoods feels like a friendlier place thanks to the presence of a Little Free Library
  • 73% of people say that they have met more neighbors thanks to a Little Free Library
One endearing local Redondo Beach Story from last year highlights how Girl Scout Troup 5615 constructed and continues to sponsor a Little Free Library in efforts “as part of a service project celebrating reusing and recycling resources.”
Overall, we found this unique approach to literacy for all to be refreshing and a worthy addition of the South Bay community!