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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jennifer Bourquin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Bourquin.

Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Welcome to Little Free Library XO! My name is Jennifer and I have dreamed of having a little library for many years. I used to teach elementary and special education, and books hold a special place in my heart. My husband, Emile, and I put up our library last July.

We are located at the heart of North Park. Our custom-built library has books for children, teens and adults. It has a section for children’s books and a shelf for small board books. Our neighborhood has lots of dogs and we always welcome them to our library. We have dog parking and dog treats in our library. Just below our book library, you will find our Dog Library. It usually has tennis balls and a few handmade bandanas.

The neighborhood loves our Kindness Box. It sits inside our library and has a variety of items in it. You might find handmade bookmarks, reading buddies, little journals, pens, or cards. The Kindness Box started as an extension of @ThoughtfulGifting.

Our garland and library decorations change monthly. It is fun to see people stop and take pictures with our library.

We recently added a geocache and that has brought lots of additional visitors to our library. Our geocache code is GC9205D.

We hope you will stop by and see us virtually or in person. You will often find people sitting on the little wall by our library, reading a book or looking for a treat in our dog library.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I opened our Little Free Library in July of 2020. Our local libraries were closed and people were so thankful to have a place to look for books.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have my Masters in Education and I’m thrilled to share books with our community. When young readers stop by our library, I try and find books in my back stash that would pique their interest. I enjoy encouraging reading.

I love to volunteer. I am currently making crafts for a senior community.

In addition, I enjoy sharing simple ways to spread kindness on my Instagram account @ThoughtfulGifting

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Instagram has helped us find supporters around the world. We have fans in many countries. We are grateful for the donations that are often sent our way.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Jennifer@ThoughtfulGifting.com
  • Instagram: LittleFreeLibraryXO


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Jennifer Bourquin

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