Birthright Armenia alumni, Laurie Alvandian (2014) and Nina Romá Agvanian (2014), installed their very first Little Free Library in Armenia at 80 Aram Street, Yerevan.
The Little Free Libraries project was funded by Birthright Armenia through the Next Step Alumni Fund. The project aims to install small free libraries in public spaces to promote literacy and a love of reading among people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic conditions. They bring people together to share ideas, stories, and moments of creativity, as well as to inspire a sense of excitement about where they live.
The LFL movement is now in its 6th year and the total number of registered LFL’s worldwide is estimated to be 25,000, with over 40 countries involved. Armenia has now joined this movement! The libraries are free and open to everyone and operate on a “take a book, leave a book” system, in which at any time people can either take books from the library or place books in the library for someone else to read. While books of all languages are accepted, donations of Armenian books are especially encouraged.
Laurie and Nina will continue working towards opening 14 more libraries located in different parts of Armenia. Make sure to keep an eye out for them during your next visit to Armenia and to "take a book, leave a book".