Literary travel: Little Free Library in Trinidad and Tobago

Book nerdigans, did you know that Trinidad and Tobago has not one but two Little Free Library locations?

What is the Little Free Library? The non-profit, which was started in Hudson, Wisconsin by Tod Bol, now has over 50,000 locations in over 70 countries worldwide.

Today, it’s a global movement that encourages a love of reading. This free book exchange also promotes 24/7 accessibility to literature and a greater sense of community among bibliophiles.

Here’s some more about the reading movement from the Little Free Library website:

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.

Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; Little Libraries have been called “mini-town squares.”

The Little Free Library Trinidad and Tobago Chapter is spearheaded by local reading advocate Reiko Allum Mitchell, also the founder of The Reading Garden.

The original Little Free Library Trinidad was opened on 11 November 2017 in Block 7, Palmiste and the second one opened in January 2018 in Gulf View.

At the moment, both locations are in the Southland but I’m sure the movement is bound to mushroom elsewhere in the future. I would also love to see these cute book kiosks in lower income areas and hope that more local booksellers, authors, and residents get on board.

Pictured above is the Gulf View Little Free Library in Trinidad and Tobago, conveniently located outside the Gulf View Community Center on Recreation Avenue. I especially love how the structure reflects the unique fretwork of colonial houses in T&T and the rest of the Caribbean.

Why not take a road trip to South Trinidad to take a book, return a book today?

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