Little Free Library Big Book Access Kickstarter Campaign met its fundraising goal last week to help get books into the hands of those who need them most. Created by Todd Bol, the campaign celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the non-profit which he started as a tribute to his mother who loved books and loved to share her passion for reading.
A couple years ago I sponsored Little Free Library #4094 in Ithaca, NY, where Amanda Jaros is the steward. Amanda loves to read books and she also writes. Literary Mama recently published her creative nonfiction essay, Temporary Custody.
I recently moved back to Appleton, Wisconsin, where I was a teenager in the 1970s. I didn’t appreciate then how much this place is a city of literacy. I want to share the fun up of taking up residence in a neighborhood of readers.
My first apartment in 1976 was two blocks from Jacobs Meat Market, started in 1945 by brothers John and Leonard Jacobs when on nearly every corner in the city you could find a grocer. My neighborhood grocer again, Jacobs is across the street from the 602 Club. In the backyard there is a large picnic table which fills every afternoon with young neighbors at the book oasis.
Across from City Park in Appleton there is a Little Free Library which looks like the steward’s house. Every neighborhood has one or more. Even empty lots have Little Free Libraries. Bright not blight.
Summer is a great time to walk and bike and skate past Little Free Libraries in your community. Take one. Leave one.
Six or seven years ago my advice to aspiring authors of nonfiction books was to build an audience platform by blogging. An example of how critical blogging could be to securing a publishing contract can be found in the case of Ann Marie Ackermann, author of Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee. After an initial assessment of her manuscript, I had recommended she start a historical true-crime blog, and she did. In fact, the editor of the ideal book series at Kent State University Press became a fan ofRead more…