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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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304 Lee Avenue

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Toronto's first LFL, built in December 2011.

100 Swanwick Avenue

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Just north of Kingston Road.

97 Main Street

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

104 Winners Circle

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

35 Melbourne Avenue

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

178 Duplex Avenue

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Not far from Yonge and Eglinton.

21 Kingswood Road

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

37 Chillery Avenue

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

Ridley Gardens, #1835

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

35 Botany Hill Road

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

20 Epsom Avenue

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22 Fernwood Park Avenue

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How many LFLs can there be in the beaches?

123 Woodfield Road

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In Leslieville. Well, East Leslieville.

127 Parkmount Road

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Close to Danforth and Coxwell.

81 Coleman Avenue

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

77 Wilson Park Road

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Another LFL in Parkdale.

93 Nesbitt Drive

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

5 Morton Road

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155 Lamb Avenue (ArtCave)

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

304 Lee Avenue

Toronto's first LFL, built in December 2011.

100 Swanwick Avenue

Just north of Kingston Road.

97 Main Street

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

104 Winners Circle

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

35 Melbourne Avenue

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

178 Duplex Avenue

Not far from Yonge and Eglinton.

21 Kingswood Road

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

37 Chillery Avenue

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

Ridley Gardens, #1835

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

35 Botany Hill Road

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

20 Epsom Avenue

22 Fernwood Park Avenue

How many LFLs can there be in the beaches?

123 Woodfield Road

In Leslieville. Well, East Leslieville.

127 Parkmount Road

Close to Danforth and Coxwell.

81 Coleman Avenue

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

77 Wilson Park Road

Another LFL in Parkdale.

93 Nesbitt Drive

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

5 Morton Road

155 Lamb Avenue (ArtCave)

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