278: Margret Aldrich on Little Free Libraries.
Inspiring creativity in communities everywhere.
Margret is the author of The Little Free Library Book through Coffee House Press, and has published her work with The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Experience Life, and beyond. From Little Free Libraries to tiny houses, integrative medicine to introverted kids, digital detoxing to co-op bookstores, her writing hunts for happiness, community, and what makes humans thrive.
A former editor at Utne Reader, longtime book editor, and seasoned news producer, Margret is now the programming manager at the Little Free Library nonprofit organization and is a regular contributor to Book Riot. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, two entertaining young boys, a little garden, and of course her own Little Free Library.
In This Podcast:
It was a lucky find that inspired Margret Aldrich to change her direction and motivated her to write a book about how the finding or creating that same thing has affected many others. The Little Free Library project is going worldwide and with each little one there is more community building, inspiration ignited, and enlightenment coming to pass. Learn how you can partake of this through the Little Free Library Movement!
Listen in and learn about:
- Growing up on a sheep farm
- Finding her first little free library (LFL)
- What a Little Free Library is and where they can be found
- The first LFL in 2009 and now there are over 50,000 in the fall of 2017
- Some of the responses that the non-profit is receiving
- Popping up in countries around the world
- The standard box and some amazing home-made ones
- Working for the non-profit and helping spread the message
- How the first LFL popped up in Korea
- Her book published by Coffee House Press with about 400 photos of LFLs
- How to start your own Little Free Library
- org and its map showing locations
- Sharing seeds through the Little Free Library drops
- LFL’s with roof gardens
- LFL’s in Community Gardens
- A moving story of Evan in Wisconsin
- Her Action Book Club project – Good Reads and Good Deeds!
- More about Utne Reader
As well as:
Her failure – Using a fence in her garden that had a rabbit size hole in it
Her success – The Action Book Club
Her drive – Trying to get books and LFL’s to neighborhoods where they are needed
Her advice – Look for innovative ideas on how you can give back to your communityBooks written by Margret: The Little Free Library Book (Books in Action)
Margret’s Book recommendations:
Behold the Dreamers (Oprah’s Book Club): A Novel by Imbolo Mbue
How to reach Margret: