Jul 7, 2021 - News

The unique Little Free Libraries of Minneapolis

Three side-by-side photos of colorfully decorated Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis.

Photos: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

Minneapolis is home to more than 150 Little Free Libraries, the miniature public bookcases packed with free reads for all ages.

  • They're independently built, run by passionate neighbors who encourage anyone to "take a book, leave a book."

Driving the news: You might have seen last week's viral tweet from the Bloomington Police Department claiming someone had been stealing from the libraries.

  • But, doesn't that seem impossible, since they're the Little Free Libraries?

Well, Axios Twin Cities reporter Audrey Kennedy decided to set out on a quest to find the best of the best in Minneapolis. After hours of very extensive, informal research on the registered Little Free Libraries within city limits, she found 10 that stand out, including:

  • 🎨 The Whimsical Wonder (picture 1)
  • 🐶 The Doggo Library (picture 2)
  • 🧚‍♀️ The Fairy House (picture 3)

See the rest, like the Robot, the Lighthouse and the T.A.R.D.I.S. at the @axiostwincities Instagram account.

What she's reading: Audrey grabbed a copy of the beautifully illustrated graphic novel "Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World" by Pénélope Bagieu.

  • She also recommends checking out the builders' stories on how their libraries came to be. They're all online here, and very heartwarming. Check our Instagram for instructions on how to search.

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