I’ve had a ball doing this Little Free Library Tour. I love seeing what people come up with and I love all of the wonderful books I get to take in exchange for the ones that I donate! This has been an absolute blast! I highly recommend that you put your own tour together and see where the adventure takes you.
- Getting ready for the Little Free Library Tour!
- Little Free Library Book Tour, Wisconsin
- LARK Toys! Kellogg, Minnesota
- Little Free Library Book Tour, Minnesota
- Little Free Library Book Tour Hudson – first ever!
My favorite books are the art based paperbacks in the front: Savannah’s Inky Imagination (my daughter Savannah is the artist, I’m the poet), Dramatic Mom (my daughter Cassandra is the illustrator, I’m the poet), and Grandpa Smiles (featuring my oil paintings, a story I wrote about my son and my father).
I can’t forget promotional material! I included a 2-sided card with QR code to take readers to a free version of FENDER on Booktrack on one side, and my YouTube channel to watch my free painting videos on the other side. The brochure is for Square Peg Writers, a group that I belong to. I only had one copy of the Thriving book left, why not include that too?
I contributed to the “Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters” book and I had several copies to donate. My story is about when I met (then) Governor Jesse Ventura and signed a copy of one of my books for him to give to his wife. I also wanted to point out that I applied an “International Bestseller” sticker to Angels Mark. I had a couple of stickers left over and figured I might as well use them. This book had hit the paid bestselling list in multiple countries (briefly, waaa! I shall have to do it again!). The stickers are for bookstores to use, but why let the remaining two stickers go to waste?
As you can see, Angels Mark has had several changes in covers over the years. The one on the right is the original cover. It’s still my favorite even though I agree with the coach from Writer’s Digest who said that the cover doesn’t match the dark tone of the story (a thriller). The little girl is my own Savannah. I took her picture out in the field behind our house. She was wearing her princess fairy costume. It really doesn’t have anything to do with the mystery story, but she’s my angel and I thought of her because of the title. Anyway, it’s still my favorite! The best cover for the book is the new one, but I’ll always choose my baby. 🙂 Well, it looks like I’m all packed up and ready to go on my Little Free Library Book Tour! First leg of today’s trip is Wisconsin.
I’ll put Grandpa Smiles in this one!
And of course, when you leave a book you may TAKE a book, which I will do occasionally… I’ll take a picture of my stash when we’re done with the tour.
My daughters are checking it out… Sometimes I had to wait a bit while the girls were “shopping” for books. They had books of their own to put in – both are also artists. (see www.ThomasFamilyArtists.com)
Savannah’s adding a few books from the Serena Wilcox Mysteries for me.
Where the St. Croix River meets the Mississippi River
Because the Laura Ingalls Wilder cabin library is located at a school, we donated children’s books only (that’s my daughter looking at the other books). See how few books are in there? And that’s AFTER we put ours in. I noticed that the Little Free Libraries that are located on or near school grounds have few books in them, and what’s left is often adult books that shouldn’t be in there. I hope that children’s book authors and readers who have extra children’s books will consider donating to Little Free Libraries near schools.
On the way to Lark Toys we went through Wisconsin. On the way back we’ll drive through the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River and find a few more Little Free Libraries. Click to return to menu at the top of this page, or scroll to keep reading.
See my Serena Wilcox Mysteries in this one?
I’d love to see this when it’s all lit up… Also, it looks like there’s a full butterfly garden surrounding it. I can’t tell, as this is November and everything is dead. 🙁
This is another Little Free Library that also offers a seed exchange (in addition to the book exchange). I saw one like this in River Falls, WI at the beginning of this Little Free Library tour.
Once again, because this Little Free Library is located at a school I donated only children’s books. Notice how this one is also nearly empty? I want to encourage authors and readers of children’s books to donate books to the Little Free Libraries that are near schools…and while there, take out the adult books for yourself. The kids shouldn’t have most of those anyway, and don’t seem to want them because that’s what’s usually left behind. Very few kids’ books left… looks like they pick over what they want and leave the rest.
I added a large Serena Wilcox Mysteries time travel trilogy paperback and a CD of my eBooks.
That was our last stop on the Hudson leg of the Little Free Libraries book tour. We plan to visit the campus at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls next.