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A Neighborhood Treasure: Little Free Libraries

By Sharon Bloudek, September 18, 2020

A Neighborhood Treasure: Little Free Libraries

With the start of the distance-learning school year, I can’t help but reflect on all of the things our family is missing about being in “real” school this fall. My youngest daughter, a brand-new first-grader, is missing weekly trips to visit the school library with her class. She loves to discover and bring home new books for bedtime reading.

We’re fortunate though: several of Little Free Library boxes are scattered around our neighborhood, always well-stocked, always ready for a curious reader to browse. These little book boxes are beloved and visited often!

Little Free Library began in 2009 in Wisconsin. A gentleman there built a tiny model of a one-room schoolhouse and stuffed it with books. A little over 10 years later, there are over 90,000 book exchanges that are registered/branded as Little Free Libraries!

In COVID times, Little Free Library is a way to share your love of reading with your neighbors! You can build your own Little Free Library in a weekend; you can even purchase a DIY kit from the Little Free Library website, or search online for inspiration. Some of my favorites? A Little Free Library with a green roof, one that is custom-built and painted to match the house it sits in front of, or one with a built-in bench—you don’t have to wait until you’re home to dig into your new novel! Most Little Free Libraries have at least two shelves—one for adult titles and one for children’s titles. And they all operate with an unofficial “leave a book, take a book” agreement.

Keep an eye open for a Little Free Library in your neighborhood—and if you don’t see one, well, that’s all the more reason to build your own!

Sharon Bloudek


Sharon was recently recognized as the #1 Individual Agent in the #1 Real Estate office in the State of Oregon. Recognized as a FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent in Portland, Oregon for 9 years. Sharon has been named top 1% in the RMLS, and has been a member of PMAR's Masters Circle Diamond Platinum Level. Also a Neighborhood Favorite on Nextdoor and a Zillow Premiere Agent. Having lived both in the city & the suburbs, she is a great resource for relocation clients. She has worked extensively with first time home buyers & first time home sellers, upsizers, downsizers and investors. She also has experience in multi-family units, plexes, and timberland. She is the third generation in her family to be in the real estate business. Sharon graduated from the University of Oregon with a MBA in Marketing & International Business, and from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in Business Management. She lives in SW Portland with her husband and three kids and enjoys volunteering in the community. She is a proud supporter of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, being a former Jesuit Volunteer in Woodburn, Oregon as well as a previous Board Member. She loves hiking, traveling and going to the beach. Basketball and softball were her favorite sports to play, and while she never played soccer - her husband and kids do - and now she appreciates the beautiful game. Sharon would love the opportunity to work with you!
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