guerrilla goodness: library love

July 16, 2011

Jack’s message to the next Harry Potter enthusiast

Can I tell you I am the world’s worst library citizen? …I almost always have a late fee, I lose a book at least once a quarter, and I’m never sure exactly where my card is. Even still, the library, in all her grace, continues to let me try again. and again. and again.

We had a full day of kindness adventures, a marathon if you will, while working on a big kindness project for the fall (which I can’t wait to share!) and we found ourselves at the library. (with a gaggle of kids, dear friends and neighbors) This little outing was after the free slurpee day which meant it was almost impossible to be quiet, but we did our best- there was just mass amounts of excitement over red and blue frozen drinks and new books!

So here’s the mission:

1. Take your trusty little post-it note pad to the library.

2. Leave encouraging notes on the covers and inside of books. (my friend Jen and I couldn’t get out the self-help parenting section!)

3. Trust the universe to send the right book and message to just the right person!

The best part is, you don’t even have to have a library card, or check anything out for this mission, perfect for a library slacker like me! 

If you decide to do this mission, leave us a link to your blog or pictures in the comments…or upload the pics to the Guerrilla Goodness Flickr Pool!Check out more Guerrilla Goodness missions here!


99 Responses to “guerrilla goodness: library love”

  1. Anne Says:

    no doubt about it, you are one of the most beautiful people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing 🙂

  2. Brenda Says:

    LOVE this one!! I’m gonna put some sticky notes inside the front cover of the books I’m returning tomorrow! Then, we may have to hit the library for some kindness deeds ourselves!! 🙂

  3. Heather Says:

    Such a beautiful idea. Books and loving kindness – a perfect match! We’ll have to try it.

  4. Love, love, love it! Will definitely be taking up this challenge. 🙂

  5. Kristen Says:

    I like to think of it as keeping the libraries open. Without my (VERY REGULAR) monetary contribution, the Richmond Public Library system would be hurting. 🙂

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  7. Kim Says:

    I am a librarian, I am going to look for notes and leave some of my own! Thank you!

  8. What a wonderful idea! I love it!

  9. sannekurz Says:

    When I was a teenager in our local library all Christine Noestlingers books (she’s dealing with growing up and first love, coming out, first relationships and so forth) were covered with fine pencil notes of other library readers – like myself – talking about their own experiences… the post it notes take it to a different level though…

  10. I don’t like this: I love love LOVE this!

    I have been sitting in the library one too many times, pondering life and love and the meaning of it all. Can I even tell you how much one of these notes would have meant to me?

    You’ve made countless people impossibly happy. Congrats!


  11. Amber Says:

    I did something like this in college. Around Easter, I planted plastic plastic Easter eggs all around the JMU campus in the middle of the night and put pretty rocks from a craft store in them with positive (non-religious) messages written on them with metallic Sharpies. They also had candy in them… you can’t leave that out of an Easter egg!

    Good job! Keep making the world better, one anonymous smile at a time!

  12. karyl33 Says:

    how sweet! can’t wait to read your other posts!

    • Amber Says:

      Aww thanks, but I hope they don’t disappoint you… I tend to write sarcastic/humorous things. I do try to always be kind, as I’m a super empath and just the thought of hurting others makes me really upset. But you’re just sweet and good all the time. 🙂 The world needs more people like you.

  13. Oh my gosh! I LOVE this idea!! So very thoughtful and sweet…

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed…it is well deserved. 🙂

  14. Such an awesome idea.. I’d love to find something like this in a library book 🙂


  15. This is the greatest thing I have seen in a long while! I am so doing this on my next trip to the library. Well done on being Freshly Pressed!

  16. Lindsay Says:

    Oh my goodness, I got chills! This IS kindness. I absolutely love the library and I’m going to implement this practice!

  17. k8edid Says:

    See? Where is the “LOVE” button when you need it. I’m going this afternoon. What an adventure….in kindness

  18. zookyshirts Says:

    What a wonderful, neat idea! Talk about the surprise when someone pulls a book from the shelf and sees one of your notes. These kind words will surely uplift many people. My family loves the library, and you made one even better!

  19. love,karlita Says:

    this is an amazing idea! so nice to get a “love” letter/note from someone out there… and on a book at that. this is quite inspiring! 🙂

  20. gaycarboys Says:

    That made me smile. Perhaps yoiu are the one who should be in charge. If we were all like this wars would be a thing of the past.

  21. Great idea! I love the fact that ‘Little House on the Prairie’ gets a mention 🙂 I’ve only ever watched the series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Ever read the books?

  22. mikibong Says:

    I love this idea. If I get a note like this, it`ll definitely put a big smile on my face 🙂

  23. Sarah Says:

    how fun! i’m in library school–definitely keeping this idea in mind for the future.

  24. Thomas Says:

    This post reminds me of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, not sure if you’ve read it – anyway, great idea! I’ve gotten one of these and I’ll be sure to do this the next time I go to the library… (:

  25. This is a great mission. I’ve heard of the same thing being done of notes of money!

  26. I love this, I’m going to start doing this at my library! There’s something about finding words of encouragement, kindness that lifts one’s spirits. Thanks!

  27. wadingacross Says:

    Neat idea. Would work very well too with books you’re selling or donating, except write directly onto a blank interior leaf.

  28. Nicole Says:

    Nice post. That’s definitely something I would do!

  29. Such a great idea. Spread the love and kindness and it’ll be returned to you when least expected:)

  30. ravolution Says:

    Genius! The most prized books on my shelf are the ones with messages on the fly-leaf; whether they’re from friends or strangers, there’s something remarkably touching about sharing the usually solitary experience of reading. Great idea and nice post, i shall be investing in post-its!

  31. heyitsmeal Says:

    my first job was at a library – so libraries hold a special place in my heart. this would definitely have spiced up putting away books after school. love it. – al

  32. kleger Says:

    I’m Reading Order of the Phoenix
    But Yeah that’s a good idea, I should try that.

  33. shoes Says:

    Such a fun and beautiful thing to do! I agree that the self help parenting section needs a few extra notes of love and encouragement. I think I will do this in the books I am giving to our local thrift store.

  34. BlueSkyPoet Says:

    LOVE it. Where’s your “like” button? and how do I subscribe to you?

  35. I’ve found notes in used books before and, while they were clearly not meant for me, it still felt like the universe was leaving me a gift. I CAN’T WAIT to try this, as I practically live at my public library.

  36. Love this idea. I am in the library with my children once or twice a week and would love to find a note like this. I’ll have to leave some of my own. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  37. Sara Yori Says:

    What an amazing idea!! If and when I do so I will send the photo(s) your way!

  38. PresbyPenguin Says:

    Absolutely brilliant idea. I’ve been toying with a much more complicated version of this for a guerrilla ministry of sorts but this is so much…easier and so much more beautiful. Now if only I could read my own hand writing…

  39. ramblerz Says:

    Very interesting! I’ll try this sometime at our library 🙂

  40. Great stuff.
    Lovely job here, very unique

  41. I love this! Im definitely interested in reading more of your posts to come! 🙂

  42. Eva McCane Says:

    i love this idea! one of my favorite things to do is give a random card to friends and family, just to remind them that i love em. this is a great way to cheer up even a stranger. i might secretly attempt this on my own…hide little notes inside books i return. thanks for the idea. it’s great!

  43. Mike Says:

    This is great! When on long flights, I used to write little notes inside the inflight magazines wishing other travelers a fun trip.

  44. suth2 Says:

    Lovely idea. You don’t need to leave a book, just a comment. I participate in You leave a book anywhere for someone else to read and then you can trace where your book ends up. Some books travel the world.

  45. Sarah Says:

    Dear Kindness Girl,
    I love what you do. I love how you’ve chosen to live your life. Many blessing to you and your family!
    With Kindest regards,

  46. This is awesome. When I give or trade books away, I like to do it with a hand-drawn bookmark of some kind, or some little memento of the town where I live (like bookmarks from a local bookstore or an old ticket from public transit) so the person who receives the book gets a bit of a personal touch with it. These days I’m looking at slimming down my book collection and donating most of my books to the library… I can just go and check them out again if I ever get around to reading them. 😀 Maybe I’ll stick post-its inside before I give them away…

  47. iowadogblog Says:

    I love this idea! I haven’t done it yet, but I’m going to try to remember this when I go to the library next time. I think I’ll go to the dog book section and write notes of kindness for people who are trying to train their dogs or have recently loss a beloved canine.

  48. Remy van Ruiten Says:

    Oh, this is just absolutely amazing! I’ll have to do this myself in the future.

  49. K. Oliver Says:

    This is such an awesome idea!

  50. curlailaf Says:

    As a bookworm, I can relate to you! You aren’t alone being a worst library citizen (that’s hilarious!). This clicked the refresh button of my book-craze mind that has gone outta work. Much awesome ideas flooded even before I read your post 🙂 I’m a member of the Freelance Writers of the Philippines, Education Committee and one of us suggested a Book Talk for the next group’s activity. Much appreciation for sharing your kindness project. ^_^

    Hey, I am an avid fan of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew as well! That’s my obsession during my elementary years! I’m also a nature buff and a member of the AUP Trailblazers! wahhh…some familiar things made my heart thump-thump! 🙂

    KUDOS for making it to Freshly Pressed! You simply deserve it. Keep your kindness overflowing!

  51. greenwood11 Says:

    We just re-organized our school library & this is such a fun idea! Can’t wait to try it myself with my kiddos (after a Slurpee, of course!!)

  52. seabeegirl Says:

    Beautifully simple and encouraging. Everyone needs some encouragement now and then. ❤

  53. Valerie Says:

    Such a wonderful idea. I will be sharing with the Librarian friends I have, and maybe we can try this out. Thank you for sharing your creative and loving side.

  54. Knitn' Green Says:

    Love this idea. As someone who works in a library, I say go for it!!
    Although some stodgy staff may get uptight, but I just think it’s like reaching out to a stranger and saying ‘this book is for you’

  55. mahra Says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for making the world a better place.

  56. Dee Says:

    That is a really cute idea! I don’t go to the library much because I love buying my books, but I’d make a visit just for that…

  57. What a wonderful idea!

  58. In my family, we never get rid of books (we’re sort of obsessed with books). We keep them all, pretty much, or we pass them on to a friend or another family member (with the expectation of getting it back someday!). I think I might adapt this idea and have my kids put a Post-It note inside each of their books, with a note to the next reader, and have them date and sign the note. Thanks for the idea!

  59. thisoldlife Says:

    I LOVE this idea! Will be making a stop at my local library tomorrow after work 🙂

  60. This is sweat idea, i love it. I can share this for my local library, it will be useful. Thank you.

  61. Aurora Says:

    This is such a beautiful place to visit… thank you for making it so memorable… love your messages

  62. I am gonna add sticky notes to all my beautiful books right away… Will give a certain personal feel to all of them… excellent idea… thanks 😀

  63. milkworkandwolf Says:

    that’s cute^^ personally i cant read without a pen or a pencil: i feel a need to doodle or underlining some words or commenting on the book itself and i guess that’s what makes them personal to me 🙂

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  65. juliacastorp Says:

    i didn.t read any of them, thanks

  66. figgles1 Says:

    It’s a lovely idea, and I don’t like to rain on the parade, but I ran it by our our library’s paper conservator and she’s pointed out that: adhesive on the post stick note can damage the pages severely. So please do share your love of books but don’t damage library books with sticky notes!

  67. DT Says:

    Try putting your message on acid-free card/paper, and use it as a bookmark instead!

  68. eof737 Says:

    Brilliant idea — a true act of random kindness! 🙂

  69. this is so cool !! its always nice to read notes !!

  70. Sharon Says:

    I’m on the case.

  71. rebeccasretreat Says:

    Wow, that is such a great idea! I’m already thinking of the books and helpful hints I can leave in my library. Such a kind and fulfilling thing to do! Thank you for sharing, I’ll most definitely be doing this!

  72. this is really sweet! i have to confess, I am guilty of having done the same thing, although, in pencil… on the back cover… probably not the best idea, given that I myself hate to see writing on a novel, but sometimes I find it hard to resist telling a potential reader how great the book is. will use post-its from now on. promise ;P

  73. Emma Says:

    This is such a beautiful idea! I’m glad there are people like you in the world to brighten people’s day 🙂


  74. HL BISE Says:

    I just reposted this on my daughter’s facebook wall. I’m sure she’ll be post-it-ing some love at our local library!

  75. awesome idea – very postsecret-esque

    I can’t wait to share some library love and leave a note. I hope I find a note from someone else in my library who is similarly inspired!

  76. […] a laid back day.  I’m heading out to the library, and I hope to try this out.  My thanks to Kindness girl for the idea, I’m really looking forward to it!  I can see […]

  77. Oh wow looks like a really fun thing to do. Where I am from, though, I do not think there are a lot of decent libraries, except in schools/colleges. Bookstores, though, we have quite a handful of. I wonder if that would work.

  78. What a wonderful idea! It’s sure to bring a smile to someone’s day.


  79. katiefoutz Says:

    Now I wanna know how the staff at your local library feels about this particular act of kindness. (I, for one, love it.)

  80. sujata Says:

    If I were in the library…and had a book with a note sticking up form it…i would be all for it. Great work!!!

  81. This is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.

  82. cmcswain Says:

    What a wonderful idea and great mission. And I don’t think I’ve ever checked out a book and turned it in on time!

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  84. trialsinfood Says:

    neat idea. that reminds me….i think my library books are overdue.

  85. realanonymousgirl2011 Says:

    I love this idea! It reminds me of this blog I read about Paying it Forward at Starbucks
    I have yet to do that too. You have been added to my Bucket List.

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  87. sk Says:

    I once was having a hard time financially and feeling really discouraged. And while browsing at my local library I found a book about hope. I checked it out and when I got several chapters into the book I found a crisp new 20$ bill. I thought first that I should try to return it, but then I realized that someone might of put it there on purpose, it would have been an amazing irony otherwise. This gift was gold to me back then, and let me know that hope was possible. This was of course a priceless gift in itself.

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