The inspiration to start the 13th Street Library began in February 2013 on a trip to New Orleans. At the time, I thought the library I stumbled upon was the most unique embodiment of community, a love of learning, and spirit of generosity I’d ever seen. While I still believe those things, I came to find out that the, thankfully, the Little Free Library wasn’t in fact unique! The project started in 2009 in Wisconsin by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks and has since grown to a network of thousands of libraries across the country, a few right here in Washington, DC.
We launched the 13th Street Library (at 1340 13th Street NW) in October 2014 to foster a sense of community in Logan Circle, inspire simplicity and connection and, quite honestly, to do something with the overflow of books in our house.
I hope you’ll enjoy the project, stop in and say hi and join the 13th Street Library on Instagram and Twitter to see the events and fun happenings we aspire to bring to our wonderful neighborhood. In our busy world of technology and social media, I think we could all use a Little Free Library to remind us to slow down, pick up a good book and connect with our neighbors!
Take a book. Leave a book. Happy reading!