Best “Little Free Library” on Earth


When you love what you’re doing, it shows. And when I saw Rob and Toni Morse’s home a few weeks ago, I knew they both loved what they do (especially sharing a love of home) and I knew Rob would be the best person to build a perfect Little Free Library for my yard. And I was right!

Rob and I worked together at HBJ years ago, and he’s someone that could always make me laugh. Even years after he left the company, if I heard his name, I’d start laughing, just thinking of some of our past conversations. Husband, father, designer, sign maker, stand-up comedian and all-round good guy, Rob taught himself the basics of carpentry, I guess, and his talent and love of creativity shines through in anything he builds.

So we discussed options for the Little Free Library that I’ve wanted for so long, and came up with a few rules (Not too outlandish; must be recognizable to the general public, should have at least one shelf and glass doors) and I knew the project was in good hands. In less time that it took me to simply write about it, the thing was done.

It is beautiful. I love having it in the yard. I am so pleased to see how many people use it. The original supply of books and movies has been replaced with more books and magazines; notes from passers-by, and a few other surprises. I especially love seeing little kids and their parents perusing the stacks, or people on bikes who saw it from the Lakewalk and decided to investigate.

The thing has been registered but I haven’t received the official plaque yet. When it arrives, the Little Free Library will be on the national list of LFLs, and appear on the online map so people will be able to find it. But for now, traffic is not a problem!

Everything's gotta start somewhere, doesn't it?

Rob Morse, Builder of Anything.

Lakeside clay. Gardeners hate it.

Tools of the trade.

Don't forget the concrete!

Leveled and allowed to set up for the night. Caused some gawking from passersby.

A thing of beauty! Official unveiling: June 25, 2013

Take a book. Leave a book. Or don't!

The Unveiling Party: Toni, Kay, Jerry, Jean, Dave and Rob

First visitors arrived 1 hour after unveiling. Happy to see them!

Come and visit! Get comfy… there’s good reading to be found.

6 Responses to “Best “Little Free Library” on Earth”

  1. Cathy says:

    Fun to see it from start to finish! But of course it’s not finished yet….too many visitors yet to come!

  2. Rosy Bradley says:

    Wonderful news! I would love to have one of these on my property here in the woods but I am not sure where to put it that the snowplow wouldn’t cut it down. Kate has one at her house that is just adorable and is well used as well. They are such a great idea!

  3. Rick says:

    Yours is the nicest of all that I’ve seen! I want to read more about it, like – how did you pay for it?

  4. Patt says:

    Rosy, I didn’t realize that colorful one was at Kate’s place! Two women who stopped by were talking about it the other day. I’ll have to go look. I want to print up a list of other Little Free Libraries in town, too, and leave it out there, but sadly, I took a hammer to my printer a few weeks ago, and will have to buy another.
    Come and see it! (The LFL, not the printer.)

  5. Chris I. says:

    I’m already thinging about how I can have one on my busy street. Lots of walkers and bike riders – and lots of books to go in it. Thank you for the idea!

  6. Kathy T says:

    Glad it is so popular. I need to come by and see it.

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