Little Free Libraries, like this one in Brazil, are popping up all over the world. The miniature literary havens can be found in rural and urban communities without public libraries, suburban neighborhoods in the U.S., and even in villages across Africa. They are in over 40 countries, and the movement is growing fast.
Started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, the organization Little Free Library began after the attention Bol's first little library garnered. He built it in honor of his mother, who was a schoolteacher. "My mother always tutored neighborhood kids," says Bol. "She had one of those unique personalities where she would make you feel accepted right away."
His mother turned her home into a place for neighbors to gather, and the tiny libraries are doing the same.
Each of the tiny libraries house a range of books you can borrow for free. You can also put some of your favorite books in the libraries for others to borrow. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you'll find a note about why the book is meaningful to the original owner.
Click through the gallery to see 10 more of the coolest Little Free Libraries in the world.
(Photo c/o Little Free Library)