Letter to LJ editor – Small but mighty movers

I wrote a letter to the Library Journal editor to send my congratulations to the Little Free Library Co-founders Todd Bol and Rick Brooks for being named the Movers & Shakers 2013 – Innovators by the Library Journal!  My letter was published in the May 1st edition of the Journal.

Small but mighty movers
 
Congratulations to the 2013 class of “Movers & Shakers.” All deserve the recognition, but  especially Todd Bol and Rick Brooks (“Large Need, Small Design”), who started the Little Free  Library (LFL) movement. I am so glad they were included and recognized, even  though they are not librarians.
 
Yes, the Little Free Libraries are not real libraries, they are  just cute little dollhouses with a few books inside. They cannot and will not  replace our traditional libraries. But as librarians, we should embrace and  encourage any creative ideas that promote the love of books and reading,  literacy, conversation, connection in the neighborhood and community, and peace  around the world, whether they are done by librarians or not.
 
The LFL is such an innovative and wonderful idea. One single  little library in the front yard of Bol’s house in Hudson, WI, has grown into  almost 7,000 little libraries around the world within a few short years. They  are small but mighty….
 
I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Todd and  Rick for their contribution to the causes that are near and dear to our  librarians’ hearts.

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