It's always fun to see a Little Free Library "out in the wild!" It's fun to spot them, browse their selection, leave a book if possible, and then look them up on the official website, because sometimes they have fun stories to go along with them! There's also an app you can download to find local Little Free Libraries - you can even "check in" to keep track of the ones you've visited. We recently visited Cape May, New Jersey, for a long weekend, and I found that there were MANY Little Free Libraries in the area! I wasn't able to visit all of them, but here are the ones we came across!
#58847 - It took us a little bit to find it, but this LFL is located right near City Hall. According to the website, "The design was specific to match the 1730 Colonial House saved in the great fire of 1878. A major portion of the town burned and was rebuilt in the Victorian Style. We are the oldest structure on Cape Island open to the public." I didn't take a book, but there were plenty in it.
#126503 - Dubbed Happy House Books for Kids, this library is dedicated to children's books. The owner was a teacher for 30 years and the collection of books they built up over that time now stocks the library and promotes early literacy. It's hard to tell from this picture, but the LFL is a mini replica of the owner's home. I took a book for Henry!
#134664 - The Eat a Peach LFL had a few books in it, but also had a sign that said it would reopen Memorial Day weekend and a note that it will be restocked. I didn't take a book, but it's fun to know that this LFL will be ready for summer visitors!
#163829 - This LFL was the only one located near Cape May Point, so after our walk around the park/lighthouse area, we stopped quickly by it.
#91084 - One morning we were out for a walk, so I convinced Tom to meander down to this LFL, located at The Capri hotel. Unfortunately, it looked they were doing some construction and the LFL had moved on the site and was not currently functioning. Womp, womp! I hope it reopens someday because it has a really fun story - "The library box was reconstructed from an old box that Dad built to house a fire extinguisher on the outside of the building and Mom was an avid reader sometimes having three books going at one time. This is a tribute to our folks who helped make the Capri the special place that it is today."
#48217 - While we spent most of our vacation in Cape May, we also drove over to Wildwood for an afternoon because it's where I spent a lot of time as a kid. On our way out, we stopped at the only LFL on the island! According to the owner, "We thought this would be a wonderful thing for people walking to the beach and Atlantic Ocean about three blocks away. So, we set to building two little libraries; one for my son to put outside his tutoring agency in Ardmore, PA and one for the path to the beach in New Jersey." So fun for people to be able to grab a book to read on the beach! I took an old Julia Quinn book.