Have you ever heard of a Little Free Library?
Little Free Libraries started as a modest, friendly neighbourhood project back in 2009 when Todd Bol built a mini wooden house, filled it with books and perched it outside of his home in Oklahoma. Todd wanted everyone in his neighbourhood to have access to a good book, no matter their income or circumstance. Fast forward 11 years later and now there are 75,000 worldwide!
Amidst the pandemic caused isolation and panic buying, people in American have been converting them into Little Free Pantries. There are still books in some, but in most people from the neighbourhood have been stocking them with pantry essentials. (Including toilet paper!)
A local family has turned their @LtlFreeLibrary into a Little Free Pantry! If any of our neighbors in need could use some pasta or canned goods to make a meal, please visit 1901 Portway Rd. And if anyone would like to donate nonperishable items, please do! #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/jrbCvh6ntW
— Spring Hill Public Library (@public_hill) March 25, 2020
Our Little Free Library has been transformed into a Little Free Pantry! A HUGE Thank you to Mrs.Conahan for heading this project up! If you are able to add anything, it is very much appreciated. If you need anything, please help yourself. #riversiderocks #itsanowlthing pic.twitter.com/JmT5oqxvdV
— Riverside School (@SchoolRiverside) March 25, 2020
Little Free Library #58 is currently repurposed as a Little Food Pantry. Take some if you need it. Leave some if you can spare it. All are welcome. #SATX #NorthmoorReads #FOHArmy #LFL58 pic.twitter.com/6Cr9oV2dZ1
— EQ (@E_Q_1985) March 24, 2020
Jeziel loves this initiative so much, he wants us in our own Aussie neighbourhoods to follow suit. We’ve only seen the Free Little Libraries be converted to Little Free Pantries in the States so far, but we can change that. There are plenty of Perth locations to visit.