Little Free Libraries of St. Paul


Star Tribune Books Editor Laurie Hertzel began noticing the Little Free Libraries around her Twin Cities neighborhood. Little Free Libraries are compact, self-service stations where readers can share books (earlier this summer, a 9-year-old in Kansas operated a similar Little Free Library until his Kansas town forced him to remove it). Hertzel, meanwhile, began photographing the libraries she came across, including a modified bicycle and another that replicates the house it sits in front of.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →