Front Yard Libraries With Curb Appeal

The Little Free Library is a national movement to share the joy of reading via a front yard lending library.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of Michael Montgomery, revisionedfurniture.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of Michael Montgomery, revisionedfurniture.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of Michael Montgomery, revisionedfurniture.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of Michael Montgomery, revisionedfurniture.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of Michael Montgomery, revisionedfurniture.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of Michael Montgomery, revisionedfurniture.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Laufer

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ann and Alan Abramowitz

Photo By: Image courtesy of Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director, www.littlefreelibrary.org

The Pastel Trellis Look

Founded in Wisconsin by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, the Little Free Library has become an international phenomenon. Their book houses, which often appear curbside, are wonderful folk art creations. Little Libraries are springing up around the world in a movement which builds a sense of community and promotes literacy by creating free book exchanges where readers can donate or take books as desired. This pastel colored creation was conceived by Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director at Little Free Library.

Pete the Cat Lives Here

A combination homage to "The New Yorker" magazine and the "Pete the Cat" children's books, this book house was built by Michael Montgomery and painted by James Dean, the popular author/illustrator of children's books such as "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes."

Greetings from Africa

The Little Free Library movement is global and avid readers around the world are putting up book houses in their communities from such countries as Finland, Pakistan, Slovakia and Africa.

Goldfish Like to Read

Soothing shades of blue, a playful design of birds and goldfish and a starfish door handle highlight this book house by woodworker Michael Montgomery.

Purple Passion

Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director of Little Free Library, likes to personalize her creations in an amazing array of styles and colors like this purple-themed mini-library with blue highlights. The "take a book, return a book" concept is a great way for neighbors to share their favorite literature and stories.

Cartoonist at Large

A parody homage to "Gone With the Wind" is just one of the illustrations featured on this book house in Decatur, Georgia. The artist is none other than Mike Luckovich, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist for the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution."

How to Attract Attention

This red trellis design by Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director of Little Free Library, is just another example of how to make your book house stand out by using vibrant colors.

The House That Jack Built

A combination tribute to Penguin Books and the writings of Jack Kerouac, this Little Free Library is centrally located outside a coffee house where it is as popular as the coffee.

Think Green

Recycling and sharing books of all kinds is just one of the many sustainable aspects of the Little Free Library movement.

A New Kind of Folk Art

Little Free Library book houses make ideal canvasses for artists and craftsmen to display their many talents such as this fanciful creation in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Atlanta.

Way Out West

You never know where you might find a Little Free Library book house. This one is located in Phoenix, Arizona.

Babies For Sale

These Little Free Library houses need a home. Furniture maker Michael Montgomery displays the results of his side project in his workshop.

Star Attraction

There is always an element of surprise and discovery in every Little Free Library book stand you visit, whether it's that Alice Munro book you always wanted to read, a paperback by your favorite mystery author or an obscure biography on ham radio operators.

Double Wide Load

Here's a Little Free Library house that was made to hold double the amount of books of a regular stand. This handsome handmade beauty is by David Laufer, one of the first charter members in the Southeast to put up a book house in his neighborhood.

School in Session

A folk art approach to the traditional schoolhouse is represented by this book house located in Naperville, Illinois.

A Cast of Characters

Every Little Free Library stand has its own personality and unique mix of books. To get an idea of just how many of these book houses currently exist in the world, visit the organization's global map.

The Pride of Phipps Library

This book house by Elizabeth J. Kennedy, art director for Little Free Library, is another strikingly designed book stand located in the home state of the LFL movement: Wisconsin.