The Little Free Library

Hyattsville’s newest library is so small you could walk right past it.

The Little Free Library is located in the Robert J. King Memorial Park next to the Masonic Lodge on Gallatin Street. It’s the size of a small television and filled with books that are free for the taking.

The library is part of an international movement to build tiny libraries where people can borrow and leave books. It is registered as No. 2077 and focuses on children’s books.

The Little Free Library group eventually hopes to build more than 2,510 libraries around the world — the same number as built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in the early part of the 20th century.

Although plans are available online for a standard design, people have also built them in the shape of Amish sheds, London phone booths and newspaper boxes.

Another library is located in Centennial Park. The libraries were installed last week by students from DeMatha private high school in cooperation with the city’s recreation department.

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One Response to The Little Free Library

  1. Charmaine says:

    This is neat! It’s in the same idea as the current Tiny House movement, where people are building tiny houses to live in, vs. the McMansions. They want a smaller footprint on the Earth.

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