Little Free Library in Hamilton


A small ribbon-cutting ceremony caused a big stir on the corner of Grosvenor Ave and Sherbrooke St. in Hamilton on Sunday.


Residents in the quiet neighbourhood mingled, while bagpipes played just before the cutting of a thin, red ribbon.


Once cut, the crowd cheered.


The greater Hamilton area now has their fifth ‘Little Free Library.’


The reasoning behind the ‘Little Free Library,’ which started in 2010, was to promote literacy and the love of reading books,


How it works is simple. Like any library, these miniature sized libraries are filled with a verity of books. If you see any book that interests you, feel free to take it. Without any late fees, the community returns the books and can also contribute books from their personal library at home to add to the ‘Little Free Library.’


The newest steward to the ‘Little Free Library’ is Derk Steenblik and Gary Payne, who are both excited have the tiny library on their front lawn.


“This library sits on my front lawn, but it’s not ours. It’s the community’s,” Steenblik said “it belongs to the people in the neighbourhood and it’s for the people in the neighbourhood to use, share, learn and grow together as a community.”


There are more than 2,500 libraries around the world, the most recent one can be found at 183 Grosvenor Avenue South in Hamilton.


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Diane Jeffery says:

That’s a lovely story, I hope people will get the best out of it.

g says:

this is neat

bgee says:

what a great idea

Mike Yakiwchuk says:

Great job whoever built the little library, it looks great.

Chris says:

Good idea. lets hope it works.

Judy says:

I would like to see more Little Free Libraries in East End/Stoney Creek area. What a great idea!

sandra says:

beautiful idea !!

Linda says:

What a neat idea! First I have ever heard of this. Where are the other locations and how do you arrange for one in your neighbourhood?

Judy Huntington says:

What a great idea!

Jim Sibley says:

Anything that promotes reading and learning is a benefit to all. Thank you for creating this!

LYN TODD says:

Thisis a good idea.

LYN TODD says:

We should have this in Toronto.

CarrieGee says:

I really want to do this as well – such a great idea!

Kellyd says:

There is one of these on Silver Street in Paris. Great for sharing the love of books.

Shelley says:

I wish they had these little libraries up on the mountain at various locations, they are so cute.

Glennis ferguson says:

What a great idea

winkdickerson says:

Great idea!

Dianne C says:

Excellent idea! just in time for summer reading by the pool

Nancy says:

This is a great idea. Love to read.

zsazsa says:

This is a great idea. Hopefully this will promote literacy.

Roger says:

I’ve seen this done in the Ottawa area and it works quiet well . Take one leave one

Joyce says:

Love this idea. My kids are such book worms that we probably have a library in our house. Great for a community,

Keith says:


carmel drumm says:

I wish every neighborhood had one of these

gw says:

Fantastic idea We need more of them

gw says:

Fantastic idea We need more of them for book lovers

ROSE says:

Great Idea for all

kim ouellette says:

really neat idea and great for any proud neighbourhood to have…

mcgrath says:

This is a great idea. Many people buy books from Chapters and now have an opportunity to take part in a free lending library!

Kristen says:

This is an amazing idea that being the community together. I hope people continue this in other neighbour hoods around Ontario.

Elaine says:

So cool

Dianna says:

The library is cute but I want the pickles! Forget the trip, I JUST want the pickles and LOTS of them! The last time I wanted pickles, I wasn’t pregnant and kept eating them all week until I had finished off four jars! That’s it! I’ve got to get some pickles before tonight’s movie!