Screenshot of world map showing "Little Free Libraries." And that's just one provider. The map doesn't include DIY efforts and other commercially-produced little libraries.

Little Library Boom in JP is Part of World-Wide Trend

The proliferation of "Little Libraries" is being seen from South Korea to Qatar. There are at least five in Jamaica Plain. According to a story in The Atlantic, the unofficial libraries are booming around the world. The map in the gallery above just shows libraries created in the "Little Free Library" network. It doesn't show many do-it-yourself efforts, like the one across from the JP Branch Library built by the Karma Carpenter.

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The Little Library at Bardwell and South streets is reborn!

The Little Library Returns, This Time With Herb Garden

A community-minded mystery carpenter has finished a new Little Library for the electrical box at Bardwell and South streets. And as, promised, it has a cool design. In May, the JP Little Library went missing or was damaged. Residents mourned the passing of the quirky neighborhood feature. A JP man who hammers and nails for justice under the name "Karma Carpenter" promised the neighborhood a new one.

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A temporary replacement for the Little Library, as of Wednesday, June 4, 2104.

The ‘Batman of Carpenters’ Promises New Little Library Soon

The mystery carpenter who is building a new Little Library atop the electrical box at Bardwell and South streets pleads for patience. Meanwhile, readers have taken the situation into their own hands by putting up a series of soon-to-get-soggy cardboard boxes at the give-a-book, take-a-book spot. In May, the JP Little Library went missing or was damaged. Residents mourned the passing of the quirky neighborhood feature. A JP man who hammers and nails for justice under the name "Karma Carpenter" promised the neighborhood a new one.

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The box is a temporary replacement for the Little Library at Bardwell and South streets.

Readers Rejoice! A New Little Library is Coming

Earlier this month the JP Little Library went missing or was damaged. The was great sadness in the realm. But now someone with the nom d'square rule "Karma Carpenter" is promising the neighborhood a new one. For now, a simple wood box is serving as a placeholder atop the electrical box at the corner of Bardwell and South streets. That's kitty-cornered from the larger-scale JP Branch Library.

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The JP Little Library at Bardwell and South streets, kitty-cornered from the JP Branch Library, has been reported gone/damaged.

JP Little Library Reportedly Gone or Damaged

A quirky bit of neighborhood character — the JP Little Library — is reportedly gone. JP resident Charlie McEnerney said he went by the unofficial lending library at the corner of Bardwell and South streets and found it gone. Twitter user Fran Harrington said the Little Library was knocked off and on the ground when he rode by recently. "I have faith it will be fixed/replaced soon," Harrington wrote. Jamaica Plain News hasn't been able to stop by the scene and verify the exact status of the Little Library, but we wanted to bring you this update as soon as we heard!

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