This photo is a of a “Little Free Library”. Cool idea, huh? Not sure what could be more adorable, aside from a baby or a kitten, or a baby with a kitten.
The power of Story is potent and universal. We’ve all been changed by stories, and they often bring meaning and pleasure to life.
In my ebook, I talk about the 4 themes of God’s Grand Story. It’s not limited to just the Gospel Story, but rather 4 Big Ideas that root our experiences, create hope, add meaning, and reveal the nature of Creator and Redeemer God:
This idea of Story and the human experience is something I’ve been chewing on for a few months, so my ears perk up a bit when something ties in well.
The STORY conference in Chicago this September is one of those things. It’s especially designed for creators, communicators, and lovers of Story.
I’ll be writing an essay for the STORY Conference attendees Notebook on the topic and beautiful recent phenomenon of Little Free Libraries. Have you heard of them? Hundreds are popping up around the United States and are now in at least 20 other countries. Each small book holder (a mini library, like you see in the photo) can be registered at the website and found through its GPS coordinates. “Take a Book. Leave a Book.” many of them say. The originator of the first one puts it like this: “Libraries big or small we support them all!”
I just spoke with Todd Bol, and I’m writing the Wikipedia entry for this organization, and I’ll be sharing his perspective and the amazing story of this movement in upcoming posts.
Find out more about the Little Free Library movement, and consider constructing one of your own, joining the LFL staff (they need help desperately), or donating to Pay it Forward for a community without library resources, or a neighborhood near you.
To me, the whole this is an example of goodness and generosity within that reflects the grace and redemptive nature of the One who made us.
What a great project to do with your kids, over the summer too, to promote literacy, generosity, and a stronger community!
What are some stories that changed you?