Stratford Little Free Libraries

What started as a fundraiser for Gallery Stratford turned into a Little Free Library revolution. Gallery Stratford paired with 50 local artists to create the “Little Art Library” project – residents were encouraged to purchase a one of a kind little library to contribute to the Stratford Little Free Library movement. Stratford Writers Festival supported this project and we are thrilled that the fundraiser was a rousing success – now Stratford has more than 50 Little Free Libraries, an impressive feat for a town with a population of only 32,000.

For people searching for a Little Free Library near them, check out the Little Free Library Stratford community Facebook page. Feel free to add your own Little Library sightings to the group!

For those who would like to start a Little Library of their own, check out the Little Free Library Organization’s website. Starting a Little Library in your community is more than just sharing books; it’s a promise to promote literacy and provide reading material for a wide variety of people. Little Libraries are local hubs, and we are so proud to belong to a town that has so many!

If you’re looking for a specific book, visit the Stratford Library. Did you know that the Stratford Library is Canada’s oldest surviving Carnegie building still functioning as a library? After a day of hunting through Little Free Libraries, make sure to stop in and browse their stacks, or at least check out the incredible architecture.

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“When communities create networks of Little Free Libraries, wonderful things can happen as people come together around reading.”

Margret Aldrich - Media + Programming for the Little Free Library Organization