Little Free Libraries: Merriam Park


Out of the 3,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide, more than one hundred dot the front yards of Saint Paul residents. An initiative started in 2009, Little Free Libraries are a community movement that offers free books housed in small, outdoor bookshelves to members of the local community. “I chose to have a little free library because it connects me with the community,” Little Free Library owner Mary Sorlie says, “and there really is something wonderful about sharing a great book.” For more information on Little Free Libraries (and a map of all their locations) visit their website at

This is one of a number of articles produced by students at Macalester as part of a New Media class.

Coverage of issues and events that affect Central Corridor neighborhoods and communities is funded in part by a grant from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.