There is a stretch of road near my house that I never drive down- I never needed to. It's funny to think how something so close physically could still be foreign and uncharted, as was with this section of street. The street is Raynor Ave in Joliet. A busy road no doubt- one I drive down all the time in fact, except for that short block that runs parallel with my alley which is why I never need to drive up that lane. I normally either enter in or go out on the North or South side of the block, but not the other day, no.
As I drove down the at section of Raynor I noticed the COOLEST thing! At first thought I assumed it was a birdhouse- a rather large birdhouse at that, complete with a peaked shingled roof, glass door, sides painted red and white, that sat perched on a post. It struck me as odd having such a large bird house in the front lawn. Then I looked closer... It was not a bird house. It had books in it, wait... Books? Yes! The house on the other side of my alley has a mini library.
When it dawned on me what it was exactly I couldn't wait to check it out. I parked my car at home and walked down the alley and around to the house that the little library stood. I immediately browsed the surprisingly well stocked shelves and felt a wave of gratitude sweep over me. This was amazing! I felt the urge to knock on the front door of the house and hug whom ever answered. I felt/feel very proud that I live in a neighborhood that promotes reading and community. There is something about it that warms my heart like a nice cuppa. Ultimately I decided against it. I didn't want to weird anyone out. Instead I simply snapped a few pictures of the mini library then walked back home empty handed mainly because I wanted to bring a book to swap out before taking one (I plan to do so very soon). At home I then googled the link posted on the little house of literature. www.littlefreelibrary.org .
Here is a copy paste from the website: Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Below I screen shot a map of local Little Free Library locations. Check them out!