Pebble throwers come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Three pint-sized pebble throwers live right around the corner from me. They got busy tossing pebbles that rippled good into their community through a neighborhood library.
My friend, Kim, and her three elementary-school-aged daughters set up a book sharing program right outside their front door. The “Little Free Library” builds community among their neighbors, provides a rewarding family project, and increases the girls’ motivation to read.
Last year, Kim told her neighbor about her dream of building a weatherproof structure to house and share books. As God would have it, her neighbor Cami had a beautifully constructed book shed she wasn’t using and offered it to Kim.
Their conversation extended the ripple effect of a pebble thrown by Cami’s dad.
- Cami’s father used his gift of woodworking to build a mini library for his daughter’s use.
- After she finished using the handcrafted bookcase, Cami recycled it by gifting it to her neighbor, Kim.
- Kim’s passion for reading and community-building rippled into her daughters.
and finally . . .
- Kim’s daughters shared it with their neighborhood.
Plus, Kim’s family experienced an Ephesians 3:20 wave of blessing when they discovered that the donated library was stocked with Gideon Bibles (from Cami’s dad) and other books for Kim’s girls to share.
Kim beams joy at the mention of the mini library. “I love when children and parents visit the library to choose and donate books. Neighbors hang out and chat while their kids browse. And the best part is that little hands can manage it. The girls take turns organizing the books and enjoy discovering new additions others donate. A small collection of children’s books has grown to a larger collection, including an adult shelf and a DVD library. All seem to truly enjoy it!”
If you, or another pebble thrower you know, would like to join in the fun, simply visit The Little Free Library website. The Little Free Library program was birthed to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. Did you know that there are over 32,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world where more than one million books are shared annually?
That’s a lot of ripples!
Do you know any pint-sized pebble throwers? I’d love to hear your stories of how they are changing the world, one pebble—or book—at a time. Do share with a comment below…