Alton Park gets first Little Free Library, with more book-sharing boxes popping up across Chattanooga

Photo contributed by Jaclyn Lewis / Staff members from Bethlehem Center and green|spaces’ Build It Green celebrate the opening of its newest Little Free Library.

Have you seen the new Little Free Library at the Bethlehem Center in Alton Park?

Little Free Library is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing book access for all through a network of volunteer-led micro-libraries, usually in the form of a public weatherproof bookshelf built by an individual or group. People can come and get a book for free, so long as they leave a book in return. Currently there are 49 registered Little Free Library book-sharing boxes across Chattanooga -- and probably more since not all of them are registered.

The cost to register one is $60, and anyone can do it. Likewise, anyone can build and install one -- though, if you'd rather not build one from scratch, pre-built libraries are available on Little Free Library's website, with options beginning around $170 and all purchases helping support the nonprofit's mission to inspire readers.