10 Little Free Libraries in RI

These roadside gems are labors of love for their literary caretakers.

From there to here, from here to there, little free libraries are everywhere. According to the nonprofit Little Free Library, the United States is home to upwards of 60,000 of them; the first sprouted up in 2009 in Wisconsin. Rhode Island boasts more than fifty, in suburban and city neighborhoods in every corner of the state. Janice Velozo’s little free library in Little Compton features a nautically inspired roof with fish scale cedar shingles that were hand-glued by her partner, Bill Gajda. And Arlene Smith’s little free library in Cumberland was a gift from her grandchildren and great-grandchild; the top shelf is for adult books, and the bottom kids’ shelf often has a stuffed animal to take home with a new story. They all look different, but they share a common purpose: to build a community around a love of books.

Here are our favorites:

To find a little free library near you, browse the map tool at littlefreelibrary.org.