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No late fees, no card required; Toronto's network of Little Free Libraries is part of a worldwide movement to get books out into circulation. With the weather getting somewhat warmer, the concept has homeowners installing small weather-safe boxes on their property, filling them with books, and then letting word-of-mouth do the rest. The project's initial focus was on children's books, but over time its scope has widened to include stuff for all ages. People are free to take a book, return it when they're done, and leave books of their own to add to the collection. And just like the Toronto Public Library, borrowed books can be returned to any "branch;" you can pick up a book in the Beaches and, when you're done, drop it off in the Junction.

The Little Free Library movement started around five years ago in Wisconsin, and it's snowballed; now there are around 15,000 LFLs worldwide. That's a lot of copies of The Da Vinci Code (although many would argue that even one is too much). People get creative with their little libraries, too—painting them in eye-popping colours, or making them look like miniature schoolhouses or log cabins. One Vancouver LFL even looks like a London-style telephone box! The Little Free Libraries may not have the vast selection the TPL has, but at least no one's going to shush you if you start chatting with your book-loving neighbours.


· The Little Free Library at Nesbitt Park [TheGrid]
· Peace, Love and a Bit of Free Literature [PostCity]
· A New Chapter in Book Borrowing [Torontoist]

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1. 304 Lee Avenue

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304 Lee Avenue, Toronto
ON M4E 2P7, Canada

Toronto's first LFL, built in December 2011.

2. 100 Swanwick Avenue

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100 Swanwick Avenue, Toronto
ON M4E 1Z9, Canada

Just north of Kingston Road.

3. 97 Main Street

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97 Main Street, Toronto
ON M4E 2V6, Canada

Inside the Centre 55 Community Centre, on Main Street just south of Gerrard.

4. 104 Winners Circle

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104 Winners Circle, Toronto
ON M4L 3Z7, Canada

This one's also in the Beaches, near Ashbridge's Bay.

5. 35 Melbourne Avenue

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35 Melbourne Avenue, Toronto
ON M6K, Canada

This LFL is in Parkdale, just west of Dufferin Street between Queen and King.

6. 178 Duplex Avenue

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178 Duplex Avenue, Toronto
ON M5P, Canada

Not far from Yonge and Eglinton.

7. 21 Kingswood Road

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21 Kingswood Road, Toronto
ON M4E 3N4, Canada

Another one in the Beaches; this is near the end of Queen Street, just east of Victoria Park.

8. 37 Chillery Avenue

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37 Chillery Avenue, Scarborough
ON M1K 4T2, Canada

This LFL is near Glen Ravine Public School, close to Eglinton Avenue and Midland Avenue.

9. Ridley Gardens, #1835

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Ridley Gardens, Toronto
ON M6R 2T7, Canada

This LFL is in High Park, on a cul-de-sac near Indian Road and Garden Avenue.

10. 35 Botany Hill Road

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35 Botany Hill Road, Scarborough
ON M1G, Canada

All the way out in Scarborough, but still part of Toronto's LFL network.

11. 20 Epsom Avenue

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20 Epsom Avenue, Toronto
ON M4C, Canada

12. 22 Fernwood Park Avenue

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22 Fernwood Park Avenue, Toronto
ON M4E 3G1, Canada

How many LFLs can there be in the beaches?

13. 123 Woodfield Road

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123 Woodfield Road, Toronto
ON M4L 2W5, Canada

In Leslieville. Well, East Leslieville.

14. 127 Parkmount Road

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127 Parkmount Road, Toronto
ON M4J 4V4, Canada

Close to Danforth and Coxwell.

15. 81 Coleman Avenue

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81 Coleman Avenue, Toronto
ON M4C 1P7, Canada

Yet another in the Upper Beaches. So many east-end LFLs!

16. 77 Wilson Park Road

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77 Wilson Park Road, Toronto
ON M6K 3B5, Canada

Another LFL in Parkdale.

17. 93 Nesbitt Drive

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93 Nesbitt Drive, East York
ON M4W 2G3, Canada

This one is in Nesbitt Park, in the Governor's Bridge neighbourhood.

18. 5 Morton Road

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5 Morton Road, Toronto
ON M4C 4N7, Canada

19. 155 Lamb Avenue (ArtCave)

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155 Lamb Avenue, Toronto
ON M4J 4M6, Canada

This LFL is at ArtCave, a community arts centre near Danforth and Coxwell.

1. 304 Lee Avenue

304 Lee Avenue, Toronto, ON M4E 2P7, Canada

Toronto's first LFL, built in December 2011.

304 Lee Avenue, Toronto
ON M4E 2P7, Canada

2. 100 Swanwick Avenue

100 Swanwick Avenue, Toronto, ON M4E 1Z9, Canada

Just north of Kingston Road.

100 Swanwick Avenue, Toronto
ON M4E 1Z9, Canada

3. 97 Main Street

97 Main Street, Toronto, ON M4E 2V6, Canada

Inside the Centre 55 Community Centre, on Main Street just south of Gerrard.

97 Main Street, Toronto
ON M4E 2V6, Canada

4. 104 Winners Circle

104 Winners Circle, Toronto, ON M4L 3Z7, Canada

This one's also in the Beaches, near Ashbridge's Bay.

104 Winners Circle, Toronto
ON M4L 3Z7, Canada

5. 35 Melbourne Avenue

35 Melbourne Avenue, Toronto, ON M6K, Canada

This LFL is in Parkdale, just west of Dufferin Street between Queen and King.

35 Melbourne Avenue, Toronto
ON M6K, Canada

6. 178 Duplex Avenue

178 Duplex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5P, Canada

Not far from Yonge and Eglinton.

178 Duplex Avenue, Toronto
ON M5P, Canada

7. 21 Kingswood Road

21 Kingswood Road, Toronto, ON M4E 3N4, Canada

Another one in the Beaches; this is near the end of Queen Street, just east of Victoria Park.

21 Kingswood Road, Toronto
ON M4E 3N4, Canada

8. 37 Chillery Avenue

37 Chillery Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1K 4T2, Canada

This LFL is near Glen Ravine Public School, close to Eglinton Avenue and Midland Avenue.

37 Chillery Avenue, Scarborough
ON M1K 4T2, Canada

9. Ridley Gardens, #1835

Ridley Gardens, Toronto, ON M6R 2T7, Canada

This LFL is in High Park, on a cul-de-sac near Indian Road and Garden Avenue.

Ridley Gardens, Toronto
ON M6R 2T7, Canada

10. 35 Botany Hill Road

35 Botany Hill Road, Scarborough, ON M1G, Canada

All the way out in Scarborough, but still part of Toronto's LFL network.

35 Botany Hill Road, Scarborough
ON M1G, Canada

11. 20 Epsom Avenue

20 Epsom Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C, Canada

20 Epsom Avenue, Toronto
ON M4C, Canada

12. 22 Fernwood Park Avenue

22 Fernwood Park Avenue, Toronto, ON M4E 3G1, Canada

How many LFLs can there be in the beaches?

22 Fernwood Park Avenue, Toronto
ON M4E 3G1, Canada

13. 123 Woodfield Road

123 Woodfield Road, Toronto, ON M4L 2W5, Canada

In Leslieville. Well, East Leslieville.

123 Woodfield Road, Toronto
ON M4L 2W5, Canada

14. 127 Parkmount Road

127 Parkmount Road, Toronto, ON M4J 4V4, Canada

Close to Danforth and Coxwell.

127 Parkmount Road, Toronto
ON M4J 4V4, Canada

15. 81 Coleman Avenue

81 Coleman Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C 1P7, Canada

Yet another in the Upper Beaches. So many east-end LFLs!

81 Coleman Avenue, Toronto
ON M4C 1P7, Canada

16. 77 Wilson Park Road

77 Wilson Park Road, Toronto, ON M6K 3B5, Canada

Another LFL in Parkdale.

77 Wilson Park Road, Toronto
ON M6K 3B5, Canada

17. 93 Nesbitt Drive

93 Nesbitt Drive, East York, ON M4W 2G3, Canada

This one is in Nesbitt Park, in the Governor's Bridge neighbourhood.

93 Nesbitt Drive, East York
ON M4W 2G3, Canada

18. 5 Morton Road

5 Morton Road, Toronto, ON M4C 4N7, Canada

5 Morton Road, Toronto
ON M4C 4N7, Canada

19. 155 Lamb Avenue (ArtCave)

155 Lamb Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 4M6, Canada

This LFL is at ArtCave, a community arts centre near Danforth and Coxwell.

155 Lamb Avenue, Toronto
ON M4J 4M6, Canada