Little Free Libraries – Book Drive!

Little Free Libraries – Book Drive!
It’s a novel idea

Books have been around for thousands of years. Public libraries became the norm when philanthropist like littlefreelibraryAndrew Carnegie built over 2,500 of them in a young and growing USA. Reading shelves of books to borrow have been in community coffee shops to enjoy for as long as one can recall.  Although techno-geeks might like you to believe paper is a thing of the past, books are here to stay. The Little Free Library movement is expanding all the time. There are now over 30,000 miniature lending stations around the world; over 100 in Intown Atlanta neighborhoods!


More than just a box containing books, the LFLs are as diverse and unique as the neighbors installing them and the streets that they are appearing on. Architectural delights, one-room school houses, landmark replicas, colorful craftsmans. LynnsLittleFreeLibraryThe LFLs are a real estate category of their own!

Here at Red Robin REALTORS we believe a little of the bookshelf real estate in your home should bededicated to books! And sharing those books with others has become the neighborly thing to do.

Red Robin’s Lynn Lamousin, REALTOR, has her very own LFL at Studioplex. Outside of her live/work loft, Lynn’s one-of-a-kind LFL is the handiwork of builder and friend Tom Babineau. He used reclaimed materials from around Atlanta to create this unique and often frequented LFL. Owners maintain their libraries with love, neighbors and passersby “take a book, leave a book”! It’s that easy. Lynn checks her library every day and loves to see what book caught someone’s eye or what new book has arrived to be shared with a friend or stranger.  Lynn says the most interesting item to appear was a first edition “Peanuts” book by Charles M Shulz from 1966! What a treasure to share!  Owning an independent bookstore has always been a IMG_5036dream of Lynn’s, for the time being, owning a much used Little Free Library is the next best thing!
(Tom Babineau, photos by John Fulton Photography).




Red Robin REALTORS is sponsoring a BOOK DRIVE for the many Little Free Libraries right here in our Intown neighborhoods. You can be a part of this amazing movement spreading literacy and joy to so many.  Drop off a few books from your personal library to share with our neighborhood LFLs to our office between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. We would love to say hello! We’ll make sure your treasures expand another’s world!


posted: Aug 13, 2015 | No Responses

Posted by:  Melissa Wakamo

When Melissa Wakamo began her real estate career in 2004, her goal was to focus on her immediate area and get to know her neighbors. "I've had a lot of fun over the years helping my neighbors sell their homes and helping newcomers become a part of our community."

Melissa quickly became one of metro Atlanta's top producing agents and consistently performed in the top 1% of all Atlanta agents. By 2009, Melissa's real estate team had grown to include several agents and support staff, dedicated to providing exceptional service to buyers and sellers in Atlanta's intown neighborhoods.

In 2010, Melissa transitioned Red Robin REALTORS® into an independently owned boutique brokerage. Even in the tough real estate market during that time, Red Robin REALTORS® continued to outperform other small brokerages and was able to help buyers and sellers adapt to the rapid changes in the market.

In 2017, Melissa had the opportunity to merge the Red Robin REALTORS team with another like-minded boutique brokerage, Keller Knapp Realty. The two community-focused organizations bring together more than 100 agents, including 3 of the top 10 agents in metro Atlanta. With offices in Oakhurst, Ormewood Park and Midtown, Keller Knapp Realty and Red Robin REALTORS team are the top boutique real estate firm in Atlanta.

In her role as Managing Broker, Melissa provides agent training, marketing and strategic oversight for the Brokerage, ensuring that the brokerage maintains its focus and commitment to the intown market.

Melissa's active participation in various neighborhood organizations and charitable efforts, as well as her passion for antiques, cooking, and gardening, keep her busy and in touch with the community.

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