Beyond Books

Corinne and Fernando Britt have become Little Free Library Stewards by installing and maintaining their own free book exchange box outside of their Rancho Peñasquitos home. The couple was inspired by their love of reading and the desire to share books with their neighbors. “We were nervous at first about maybe being vandalized, but it’s been so great,” said Corinne. “We see all ages stopping and enjoying.”

Fernando handcrafted the Little Free Library box from recycled materials. The couple and their kids each painted a different side of the box to make it unique, and then stocked it full of books they had at home. Although the idea is to “take a book, leave a book,” visitors are welcome to take a book and not return it. “Many people leave books too, and that makes us happy to see it getting rotated all the time,” Corrine said. The family has fun decorating the library box for different holidays and often leaves other free items inside as well, such as bookmarks, pencils, puzzles, journals, and coloring books. During a recent surplus of lemons from the tree in their yard, they left a bucket of free lemons next to the box. And they always welcome visitors with pets by keeping a bowl of fresh water and dog treats nearby.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, increases access to books, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. The Britt family’s Little Free Library box (charter #49115) is located at 13026 Trail Dust Ave., San Diego, CA 92129. It can also be found among other Little Free Libraries on the world map at