Little Free Library Connects Neighbors, Promotes Front Yard Reading

By: Giang Nguyen Email
By: Giang Nguyen Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A little library held its "grand opening" Sunday night at the corner of SW 15th Street and SW Randolph Avenue.

The little structure stood on a post and bore a big resemblance to a birdhouse. It offered welcoming words, not to birds, but to bookworms. Inside the little library, well-loved books and outside hung a hand-painted sign that said "Now Open."

Jamie Crispin said she loved the idea of sharing books and promoting literacy right in her front yard.

Her husband Nathan Crispin built the birdhouse for books as gift for her birthday.
This Sunday afternoon, they held a grand opening complete with homemade goodies and set up lawn chairs. And neighbors flocked to it, often even donating good reads to the collection.

The little free library's motto, emblazoned on a sign explained the concept: "Take a book - return a book."

"One, I'm definitely hoping that people will stop by, take books, will leave books," Jamie Crispin said. "I'm hoping that new books will appear and I won't have anything to do with it. And, two, I hope that neighbors will get to know each other and I hope to get to know a lot of neighbors from this little project as well."

The little library on 15th Street is the second Little Free Library project in Topeka, but the idea has inspired thousands around the world.

The first one his located at 5716 SW Westport Drive. For more information on th little free library project, visit

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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