75,000 Little Free Libraries have sprung up across the country. You may have even seen one or two in your own town. Sometimes you’ll find them outside schools and other times they are just by the edge of the sidewalk in someone’s yard. MDR recently published an article entitled, “The Value of Little Free Libraries”. In this article, Britten Follett discusses the various types of libraries you might find today:

  • Traditional Libraries
  • School Libraries (K-12)
  • Classroom Libraries
  • College Libraries
  • eBook Libraries
  • Little Free Libraries

“As schools shift away from teaching a traditional textbook cover to cover, teachers and curriculum directors are developing classroom libraries that often contain fiction and non-fiction collections, which act as supplemental resources to enhance or fill gaps in the curriculum. In some cases, teachers stock their classroom libraries with popular fiction titles to encourage pleasure reading when students finish an assignment or during free time.” – Britten Follett- Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions

Some may wonder if strong classroom libraries have the potential of eroding the role of the traditional school library, but Follett says that based on their findings this couldn’t be further from the truth. She goes on to say, “No classroom library will have enough variety to meet the needs of every reader, at every reading level. If a student gets excited about a book or a topic they discovered in the classroom library—or in a neighborhood Little Free Library—he or she will be much more likely to head straight to the traditional library to explore that author or topic further.”

In the end, it doesn’t really make any difference if the library is a traditional public library, classroom library, or a little free library by the sidewalk. Regardless of the library’s location, any and all environments that encourage people to read have the opportunity of creating enjoyment not to mention improved literacy. And this can ultimately lead to academic and also to life-long success.

To read MDR’s article in full, click here.