Giving back…

September 28, 2020
Author: Donna Reynolds

In a previous blog post (“Being grateful for what you have…not what you don’t”),  I mentioned how I love to share my ‘favorite things’ with friends.

One of those favorite things is visiting our “Little Free Libraries” all around town. You may or may not know about these. Most communities have a library, but a “Little Free Library” is a book box, where you can take a free book that looks interesting or leave a book for others. People also leaves puzzles or games. There are book boxes in people’s front yards, at churches, outside schools, or at the dog park. People see them as a way to give a little something back to others.


While volunteering in my community at a local pregnancy center and food pantry, I decided a Little Free Library would be great for those waiting their turn. I got my children involved as well and it was a rewarding way to give back to others that will hopefully last a long time. You can purchase a kit from the  or you can get creative and build your own. We chose to make our own because it’s also rewarding to repurpose things. My son and I found a cabinet at our local Habitat for Humanity store. We painted it and my daughter decorated the cabinet doors. We installed it and this great new book box now sits on the porch of Baby Luv Pregnancy Center for clients to browse books, puzzles or games for themselves or their children.


The Little Free Library was a fun project to do as a family and a great way to give back to our community. Maybe you can share one of your favorite things with you community. The saying,”it’s better to give than receive” is so true!


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