7 Reasons the Government Must Stop Little Free Libraries for the Sake of the Nation

free-librariesBy Daisy Luther

Sometimes, things happen that seem good on the surface, but underneath all that, they’re actually really terrible.

A seemingly innocent act can be the precursor to chaos and anarchy. While the people perpetrating that act may have good intentions, we all know what the road to hell is paved with, right?

Urban and Suburban America Are Subject to a Scourge…of Books

There’s a horrifying new trend across America – a trend that is 40,000 strong.

Little Free Libraries are replacing actual government-funded libraries (maybe because the government is no longer funding them.) Since Obama came to the throne White House in 2008, libraries, and in particular, smaller branch libraries, have seen their funding cut again and again. Many branch libraries have cut staff and the hours they are open, while others have closed altogether. Particularly in a place where public transit is not an option, this can make library access hard to come by for lower income people.

Christian Zabriskie from Urban Libraries Unite said this of the importance of libraries:

Libraries are the single most democratic institution in New York City. We are a bridge of opportunity, we are aids in time of trouble, we are a safe haven for seniors and a place of potential for youth. There is no door that is more readily opened in the city, and there is no place else with so much to offer any and all who pass over the threshold.

Come check out our stories at the Savenyclibraries.org website where we are talking about the small moments that librarians and patrons share. (source)

When public libraries began closing, private citizens began to misbehave.

So, with libraries becoming ever more difficult to access, some lawless folks have taken matters into their own hands and erected small, free lending structures in front of their homes to help bring the joy of reading to more people. These structures are known as “Little Free Libraries” and there are 10s of thousands of them across the US. The Little Free Library website details over 40,000 of these free-to-use libraries that don’t cost taxpayers or the government a cent.

In case you haven’t seen them, a box, cupboard, shelf or anything else that can hold books is set up in a front yard or driveway. People passing by are invited to take a book of their choice to read … and then leave another one when they return the one they borrowed. The movement started in 2009 when a man built an LFL in memory of his mother.

A 76-year-old in Sherman Oaks, California, felt that his little library, roughly the size of a dollhouse, “turned strangers into friends and a sometimes-impersonal neighborhood into a community,” the reporter observed. The man knew he was onto something “when a 9-year-old boy knocked on his door one morning to say how much he liked the little library.” He went on to explain, “I met more neighbors in the first three weeks than in the previous 30 years.” (source)

So the government had to regain control of these rebels.

You’d think that it would be encouraged for people to help each other out. Okay, if you’ve ever read anything I’ve written, you probably wouldn’t think that at all. We need to look no further than Louisiana, when neighbors began rescuing neighbors from flood waters without the help of the government, to see that “officials” really don’t like proof of their obsolescence.

And so it goes with Little Free Libraries.

Last year The LA Times published an article about the horrible problems Little Free Libraries seem to be causing.

Crime, homelessness and crumbling infrastructure are still a problem in almost every part of America, but two cities have recently cracked down on one of the country’s biggest problems: small community libraries where residents can share books.

Officials in Los Angeles and Shreveport, La., have told the owners of homemade lending libraries that they’re in violation of city codes, and asked them to remove or relocate their small book collections.

In Los Angeles, Peter Cook, who acts under the name Peter Mackenzie, and his wife, writer Lili Flanders, were told by a city investigator that their curbside library was an obstruction. They were given a week to remove it, or else face fines from the city. This came after an anonymous note from “a neighbor who hates you and your kids” was left on their library, ordering them to “Take it down or the city will.”

Even children are not exempt from being taught their places.  Just ask young Spencer Collins.

9-year-old Spencer Collins erected a “take a book, leave a book” structure as a Mother’s Day gift and as an attempt to engage with his Leawood, Kan., community. But then the Leawood City Council ordered him to remove the small library from his front yard and even threatened the young librarian with fines. (source)

Why is this unacceptable?

There are many reasons that these unapproved libraries cannot be allowed. Their potential to damage to the social order is unfathomable. If you think Little Free Libraries are in any way acceptable, then you probably hate America, pug puppies, and snow cones on a hot day.

  1. We can’t have people thinking that they can do whatever they want at their own homes, setting up boxes of books all willy-nilly on their own property like this. Next thing you know, they’ll want to have say in things like whether they are allowed to grow food and whether property taxes are even necessary.
  2. If we aren’t careful, like-minded individuals will actually form friendships. Anything that says community and  friendship is a threat to those who prefer our cities to be rife with division. An easy way to stop those insidious issues like unity from creeping into our everyday lives is to regulate them out of existence. If you don’t before you know it you will have a gang of book lovers getting together and who knows where that may lead?
  3. Heaven forbid there may be a couple of non-fiction books in the collection. People may actually learn something, or, merciful heavens, begin to question something that they’re told. Critical thinking is strongly frowned upon.
  4. This is absolutely anti-Common Core, the foundation of our entire education system. Common Core prefers that children spend their time reading informational texts on enthralling subjects like “The Evolution of the Grocery Bag” by Henry Petroski and “Invasive Plant Inventory” by the California Invasive Plant Council. (Go here to learn 9 Reasons Why Common Core is Bad for Education.) Little Free Libraries might have books that are actually good, and this sets a terrible example of reading for pleasure.
  5.  It’s difficult to get kids to conform when their minds get filled with nonsense that does not follow Common Core curriculum. Some of the books might even supply an unauthorized view of revisionist history, causing children to question what they’re being taught in the indoctrination school system.
  6. It’s difficult to keep up with the Kardashians and to consume government-directed “news” and programming entertainment if you always have your nose stuck in a book.
  7. And finally, as I may have mentioned once or twice, the government doesn’t like to have it proven that we can get by without them. If we realize that we’re perfectly capable of sharing without them, being generous, or helping others without permission, we may also begin to realize that we don’t need their rules, their regulations, and their tax bills. The next thing you know, chaos would erupt. People would be growing vegetables anywhere they pleased. They’d be driving cars without paying extortion fees. They might go fishing without paying fealty. Then, it would be anarchy!

Of course, I think these are all fine reasons to set up a Little Free Library of your own. For a guide to doing so, or to finding an existing one in your area visit littlefreelibrary.org.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, where this article first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at [email protected]


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8 Comments on "7 Reasons the Government Must Stop Little Free Libraries for the Sake of the Nation"

  1. “Compared with itself…each thing is both great & small” -Anaxagoras
    …This is an absolutely poignant reflection of the slithering NWO fascist juggernaut -Vs.- WE the People’s existential predicament…’in a nut shell’…as a perfect metaphor for a long dark shadow that’s actually coming down all around us in real time.
    …This article (imo) points out the simple ‘common sense’ parallels for an unequivocal look at the glaring duplicity of what our ‘elected representatives’ [sic] are treasonously & with malice of forethought, deliberately orchestrating…by eroding our civil rights daily under the auspices of a ‘Nanny State’ – protecting us with the applied pure theater of an insidiously connived & contrived Hegelian construct of their entirely fabricated BIG LIE of the boogymen ‘Terrorist’s’

  2. All that is necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing.

    Our continued apathy and cowardice have promoted the advancement and increase of abusers. Yes, these people are control freaks, bullies, and even evil in many cases, but this would not be happening if not for our inaction. What is easier to change the corrupt people in positions of authority, or yourself?
    We have already seen the results of doing nothing, and it has clearly helped the increase in corruption. This is as much the problem as is the corrupt that are violating us. We have allowed this situation to condition us to endlessly complain but never do anything to help ourselves.

    If we do not show the dignity and self respect to stand up for ourselves, no one else will.

    This is more about us then them.

    Just remember, our silence and inaction condones more abuses, and when other bullies see the success of their brethren they look to join them.
    So we have the proverbial frog in the pot with the slow incremental growth of corruption, and the ringing of the dinner bell calling all bullies to join in on the feast we are inviting by doing nothing about it.
    It’s time we looked in the mirror for answers instead of continually blaming someone else.
    It’s the only way this will stop.

  3. They’re always full of lame books that people are getting rid of . These little libraries area great place to place anti-NWO propaganda in. I do it all of the time.

  4. I was ready to eviscerate the author of this piece but now I think I’m in love….

  5. WatchmanofEzekiel33 | September 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Reply

    Research USB dead drops.

  6. deplorablelittljo | September 17, 2016 at 5:59 am | Reply

    Aww Miss Daisy you make me crazy – to read more books.

  7. Your satire is magnificent!

  8. Don't talk to DCFS | September 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Reply

    LFL’s are cool…We have one in our front yard…Also, the City of Los Angeles has one in each Police Department Lobby…Also, we do much travel and have seen LFL’s in public parks…I highly encourage people to get involved in this movement, or at the very least find one in your area and take and leave books…

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