Once upon a time, a loving grandmother, Melinda Hoffman, decided to build her beautiful granddaughter a precious Little Free Library. Melinda knew that her granddaughter loved reading and had a knack for organizing materials. The very creative grandmother found everyday items from the local Home Depot to build a weatherproof box with a window and sliding door that was the perfect size for holding books. She hammered, glued, and nailed the structure together. She collected books of every kind to fill the little box. She surprised her granddaughter with the new Little Free Library. The happy family installed the Little Free Library in the yard with the note Take One, Leave One. Melinda's granddaughter was thrilled to be in business.
Melinda enjoyed watching her granddaughter care for the books and listening to her talk about the books that had been taken and the new books that had been left in the box. "How blessed our American children are to have access to so many books," Melinda thought.
Those warm happy thoughts sparked a sense of wonder and concern for children around the world, especially the Afghan children. Always one to tune in to her inner voice, Melinda began to make some contacts and research the book resources that are available to the Afghan children. She found that the public libraries in Afghanistan do not have children's sections. For various reasons, the children do not have books available to them like our children have. Melinda was heart struck with the reality of the urgent need to get free books into the hands of the Afghan children. If she could build a Little Free Library for her granddaughter, she could build a collection of books for the kids in Afghanistan. The Little Free Library ignited Melinda's passion for the Afghan Book Collections project.
To learn more about building your own Little Free library log on to http://littlefreelibrary.org/