The program started more than a decade before Little Free Library was founded in Wisconsin in 2009, and operates on a more official plane than that organization’s homey “take a book, leave a book” charm.
Paradero Para Libros Para Parques (PPP) is run by the nonprofit literacy group Fundalectura and the public parks system to promote spontaneous reading. Each library, a bookshelf roughly the width of a park bench brimming with 350 books, loans out its wares free of charge. The bright colors beg passersby to pause and crack open a cover.
The downside? The libraries, operated by volunteers, are only open only open 12 hours per week. Still, anything that encourages literacy deserves applause.