My mini free library for the love of books and the community
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- Published on Saturday, 25 May 2019 16:40
- Last Updated on 25 May 2019
- Monica Costa
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I am so excited about sharing this project about my mini free library for the love of books and the community. But first let me go back in time to explain where this passion comes from. When I founded London Mums in 2007 I had in mind a group of people caring for each other, sharing tips, ideas, things, compassion and love.
Gestures of sharing and love melt my heart and motivate me to do more every day. I knock at neighbours’ and friends’ doors, volunteer to do their shopping, I take time to listen to people looking into their eyes. I am also a hugger. All these things are a bit old school and don’t involve the use of technology or devices. I know I can be annoying because people these days prefer hiding behind a smartphone. But I am determined to set an example here because as little as that can be, I believe it can have a snowball effect. I want that snowball to become an avalanche. I am saying this because my next step in this community LOVE project has been the creation of a mini free library in front of my house gate.
The day Diego finished our mini free library, I picked him up from school with the car and took this picture.
That was such a proud mum and son moment! I haven’t stopped praising him for that since.
Giving books and DVDs to the community is great, useful and fun. In an era of funding cuts to public services, our mini free library is a small contribution to making reading accessible to all.
I feel that if we all do our bit, it’s like working against the tide of commercialism and selfishness.
My dream would be to see lots of these boxes all around the world, peeking out of the trees by the roadside or in front gardens. I see the mini free library as a place to pass something special to someone new, a beautiful way to express that underlying kindness in us all.
Although we were initially worried about the box being vandalised, I don’t think this will happen, because deep down people care for each other and understand the spirit of the initiative.
If you decide to make one, please send us your pictures and we will post them here.
Here are some of my favourite boxes so far.
My friend Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art and her daughter created this amazing little house as a free library
This mini free library was created recently as part of an initiative in the village were I grew up in Italy, Castel Maggiore (near Bologna), headed now by Mayor Belinda Gottardi who is a school friend of mine from the good old days. The initiative is wide-spread there and not just limited to one box. I am so proud!
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums