#NationalLibraryLoversMonth

There are thousands of libraries in the United States. These range from public libraries to school libraries, to academic libraries to military libraries to church libraries and more.

Libraries have a strong impact on communities and people. Studies show:

  • Americans check out an average of seven items per year from the library.
  • Three-fourths of Americans say that public libraries provide them with the resources they need.
  • 65% of Americans say libraries help them grow as people.
  • Over half (53%) of Millennials use their library card each year.
  • Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries three times more frequently than they go to the movies.

Libraries are great for authors. Libraries encourage reading and authors need readers to buy their books. Libraries also help introduce people to new authors, which can drive word-of-mouth recommendation and sales. Additionally, libraries provide another avenue for sales for books for authors and publishers.

February is National Library Lovers Month

The entire month of February is dedicated to the people and places that are devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.

As an author, your support of #NationalLibraryLoversMonth is important. Every author should be concerned about literacy and the ongoing promotion of reading in our society. Libraries, as institutions, stand for reading and promote reading. In addition, when you support libraries through donations of Christian books or events featuring Christian books, you spread the Gospel message and bring hope and healing to this world.

Here are six ways that you can love your local library this month (and a nice graphic that you can share):

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Good marketing takes stepping outside of the usual and doing something unusual. I recently read an article in my local newspaper about how Little Free Library boxes are becoming quite a trend across the United States. The article got my creative juices flowing and I began to think about how these little boxes can represent a wonderful marketing opportunity for authors.

Little Free Library

The Little Free Library trend started back in 2009 when a former school teacher in Wisconsin built a model of a one room schoolhouse. He filled this model with books, put it on a post in his front yard, and put a sign on it that said free books. His neighbors and friends loved it. He then built several more and gave them away.

The idea was simple. Visitors could take the books placed in the box to read. If they wanted to replenish the supply with their own they could, or they could return the book when they were done reading it if they wanted to. Five years later, there are over 20,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide registered with the Little Free Library group. Some people think this number is a low estimate for Little Libraries because it only represents those officially registered with the Little Free Library network.

Here is how you, an author, can make use of this neat idea to promote your books:

  1. Start a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. You can download free plans to build your own little library or you can order a kit starting at around $200. Once you have built your Little Free Library, you can stock it with books, including your own published books.
  2. Visit local Little Free Libraries in your city and leave a copy or two of your book in each one. You can find a map listing all the registered Little Free Libraries on the network website.

By joining the Little Free Library movement, you will not only be spreading the word about your books, you will also become part of a wonderful tool that shares the love of reading and can also help spread the Gospel.

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