Anyone who is a fan of the concept of Little Free Libraries, also knows the downside of uncurated collections. Sometimes they are empty, sometimes they are full of library rejects, and sometimes they just have inappropriate materials in them (am I the only one to find a rotten banana?). Rather than give up, we have ideas to make your visits more fun.
Regular maintenance helps build better boxes. For a couple of years after a Little Free Library was installed at the park by my house, I would stop on my daily walk to make sure it was properly stocked and neat – filling it from my family’s book collection when it was empty. This paid off. People started to visit more often as they noticed it was well-maintained. It has been full of good kids books for over a year now. I rarely have to do more than straighten the books on the shelf anymore. In fact, I have so many books to get rid of, I may need to find a new box to adopt.
Here are some other ways to add a little fun to a box near you.