The People's Public Library is a roadside library built by Mike and Maiko Lehman. The library has books for all ages. Genres include fiction, nonfiction, romance, DIY, and many more. The library is free, open 24/7, and no library card is needed.
Corner of Anderson St. and Green St.
|Contact: Mike and Maiko Lehman|
|Let's just say this page is the website!|
Support from University of Illinois: volunteer librarians and photodocumentation
One past fall students from the U of I library and information science school (GSLIS) volunteered as reference-librarians-in-training on Saturday mornings. In fall 2014 GSLIS students from the course 502 began to document the collection as it changed over the fall (photos below). In 2015 the same class is continuing that work (see below). The recent pictures show fewer books in the library. Seems like they've been checked out!
- Check out The News-Gazette article about the People's Libraryhttp://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-07-08/no-library-card-required.html
- Want to know what a nuz/box is? Check out this article written by its creator. http://www.ucimc.org/content/what-n%C3%BCzb%C3%B6x-one-way-join-movement-hyperlocal-media. This link here (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/nuzbox/info) was written on a label that was placed on the back side of the library itself.
- There are other great Little Libraries all around the country. To find out where they are or to build your own library: check out http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/index.html