About KW Little Free Diverse Libraries

The goal of the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Free Diverse Library project is to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous and other writers of colour and to help educate, inspire and encourage and promote anti-racism across the region.

 

Donations help fill Little Free Libraries throughout KW with diverse titles that allow readers to experience and enjoy both "mirror" books (in which they can see their own experiences and culture reflected) and "window" books (in which they can learn about others' lived experiences). 

Books for this project are for folks of all ages, from babies to adults, and include both fiction and non-fiction. 

All books are labelled with information about this project before they are put into Little Free Libraries. Readers are encouraged to enjoy the books and return them to a Little Free Library near them when they're finished. We want these books to circulate and be enjoyed by many!

 

Inspired by

Sarah Kamya and Little Free Diverse Libraries

Little Free Diverse Libraries is the genius idea of Sarah Kamya, a school counsellor and book lover who started this project in June 2020 in her hometown of Arlington, Massachusetts with the goal of amplifying Black voices and supporting Black-owned book stores. She started small in her own community and the project quickly grew.

 

Sarah has raised thousands of dollars and collected thousands of donated books that have been shipped all over the U.S. 

Sarah gets all the credit for creating this movement. Please follow her on Instagram @littlefreediverselibraries and, if you are in the U.S. or outside of Kitchener-Waterloo, donate to her project!

How to Donate

Option 1

Donate money via PayPal or etransfer to murdochdinah@gmail.com.

Donating money is preferable because it allows us to support independent bookstores. Approximately half of money raised will be spent at Black or Indigenous-owned bookstores in the GTA or Southern Ontario and half will be spent at independent bookstores in Waterloo Region. 

Option 2

Buy books directly from our Indigo book registry. There are over 250 titles to choose from. Books will be shipped directly to me, and I'll get them into Little Free Libraries. 

 

Option 3

We welcome donations of used books from your own collection. Email me at the address below to arrange for pick-up or drop off. Please ensure the books you're donating are by Black, Indigenous or authors of colour.

 
 

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