I was living in the beaches when I stumbled upon my first little free library. I hope most of you know what I’m talking about because these adorable book-filled homes do more than decorate Toronto neighbourhoods. As written on its site, they also “build community, spark creativity and inspire readers.” That’s exactly the sentiment behind such celebratory occasions as World Book Day. In a day and age when reading is considered more and more an antiquated luxury, it’s important to encourage this pastime. That’s why I dreamed up The Lit Squad, after all.
This year, Amazon is helping Torontonians get into the literary spirit by creating a large-scale version of these little libraries. Coordinated with 12 other cities around the world, it will take over Boxcar Social Harbourfront, on April 20, 2017, to allow people to not only take a book and leave a book, but also exchange stories and sentiments about why they’re trading what. In spite of what some may believe since reading can be considered a solitary adventure, books bring people together. American actress Viola Davis said in her recent Oscar speech that “we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” but that’s not the case at all. Authors do too, in more ways than one.
That said, this upcoming World Book Day experience also shows that socio-economic standing/income should not impact a person’s access to books. Everyone is welcome. There will be a book for all, kids and adults alike. After all, people’s #LoveToRead knows no bounds. I personally can’t wait to create a bookmark explaining what the book I bring meant to me so its next reader essentially gets to enjoy a personal story of my own. I hope to see you there! Mark your calendars: April 20, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m..