I’ve just been contacted with the good news that Little Free Library Reykjavík has been added to the official LFL world map! Great to see it there and hope there will be other Icelandic branches in the future!
I received some very exciting news yesterday: Little Free Library Reykjavík has been named a “Library of Distinction,” by the Little Free Library organization! This is quite an honor, and we’re in very good company with other unique and exciting little libraries all over the world. You can see all of Little Free Library’s “Libraries of Distinction” (including ours!) on their Pinterest page, here.
Here’s our official certificate:
I also love the fact that the icon looks a lot like LFLR, placed right next to a tree and a bench!
Very exciting news to share: Little Free Library Reykjavík was installed in Hljómskálagarður (the park along Tjörnin), next to the statue of Bertel Thorvaldsen on June 14, 2013! It’s a lovely spot for the library—there’s even a bench right next to it so that you can sit and browse through books and read while enjoying the summer weather in the park.
If you are not in Reykjavík to enjoy the library in person, but would still like to see our collection, you can check out our online catalog on Goodreads, here. The catalog shows which books are currently circulating, as well as which are “backlisted,” or currently in storage. Hopefully, the catalog and Goodreads group will be a useful place for readers to share their thoughts on books in the collection and their recommendations with other readers.
Big thanks to everyone who has helped with this process (see our patrons page for a full list of those who have given their time, money, expertise, advice, and support), but especially to Davíð Kjartan Gestsson and Kristín Viðarsdóttir at the Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature office, who have been absolutely indispensable in this process, and Helgi Reyr Gíslason, the carpenter who assisted with the installation.
Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature took some photos of the library after it was installed, which you can see in this post. I’m currently in the US and won’t be back until late August, though, so I would love to see any other photos that people take of the library throughout the summer. Please send your photos to share to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am very pleased to add these most recent book donations to our collection. These children’s books and a volume of poetry–in Icelandic and a few other languages as well–were personally donated by the authors. Many thanks to Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Sigrún Eldjárn, and Guðrún Hannesdóttir!!
The LFLR collection was lacking in both children’s titles and poetry, so these titles were perfect additions. As with other books which have been donated to LFLR, some of the titles will go in the library immediately, and some will be cycled in after some time passes in order to refresh the collection.
We’ve received another great book donation from Icelandic publisher Uppheimar–a great mix of books in Icelandic and English, with crime novels, photo books, a children’s book, short stories, nonfiction, and a poetry volume included.
We’ve assembled Little Free Library Reykjavík and are that much closer to getting it installed and circulating books. With any luck, we hope to have the project completed within the next month or so!
We received another wonderful book donation, this time from the Icelandic publisher Salka. There’s a mix of books in English and Icelandic, which is great, and we’re also particularly happy to have some non-fiction titles to add to the mix!
Got the first coat of stain on the library this weekend! A few more coats and it’ll be ready to build…
We received 10 great books (in Icelandic) from the publisher Bjartur. These include crime novels, poetry, non-fiction, and Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s Heaven and Hell trilogy. See anything you’d like to read?