Little Free Library
Cantigny’s very own Little Free Library book exchange is near the Red Oaks Farm playground. Visitors are invited to “take a book and share a book” during park hours. Books in the library are intended for beginning through young adult readers. Some titles will be provided by Cantigny but all park visitors are encouraged to donate and, of course, take books home to enjoy.
The library opened in 2021 in partnership with Little Free Library (LFL), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community, inspiring readers and expanding book access for all. It’s the world’s largest book-sharing movement, with more than 100,000 registered libraries in 108 countries.
The Little Free Library was built by Wheaton Rotary, which supports literacy in the community. Rotarians Tom Newman and Thor Davidson designed and constructed the Cantigny library with a farm theme, to complement the Red Oaks Farm playground.
In addition, Cantigny is part of Read in Color, a program supporting equity and inclusion that aims to bring diverse children’s books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world.