BY JULY 28, 2022•
If you’ve passed in front of the Dower House, Tudor Place’s administrative building at 1670 31st Street, you’ve seen this tiny boxed library out front. Surrounded by a variety of blooming flowers and plantings, Tudor Place’s Little Free Library is depleted and filled up again. Note it’s structure and roofline. Painted in the trompe l’oeil style by Artist-in-residence Peter Waddell, it’s like a mini-Dower House, that is visited almost as much as the historic house & garden itself.
Katherine Schwartz reports on these tiny boxed libraries you’ve seen sprinkled around Georgetown [that] are not just local gems, but part of a global book-sharing community. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization with more than 150,000 registered book-sharing boxes worldwide. Founder Tod H. Bol planted the first Little Free Library in 2009, then turned it into a non-profit. The organization shares more than 70 million books per year, promoting its core values of “building together, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all.”