October 10, 2018

We’re at the combination Pizza Hut and Little Free Library


Throughout the midwestern states of these here United States, passersby and pizza parlor enthusiasts might notice an extra treat waiting for them.

Photo via Atlas Obscura

For Atlas Obscura, Anne Ewbank writes of a recent proliferation of combination Pizza Hut and Little Free Library in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and even Texas.

Ewbank spoke to local businesswoman from Kansas, Lynda Carrier-Metz, who spearheaded the project.

“When I called Pizza Hut, I was informed that this was a franchisee project, rather than a national endeavor. ‘We were looking at ways to become involved in our markets locally,’ says Lynda Carrier-Metz, the chief marketing manager of Restaurant Management Company of Wichita. In 2016, Carrier-Metz won a $10,000 volunteer grant from Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands to construct 20 book-exchange boxes in front of restaurants. According to Carrier-Metz, it came down to combining community involvement with ‘what people were doing already’: that is, going to Pizza Hut.’ In many towns, the libraries aren’t open after 5 or 6 p.m.,’ she adds. ‘We wanted them to come to Pizza Hut and bring their books, and get other books.'”

So, if you ever find yourself trying to hook up with some friends out in the Midwest, just be sure to let them know which combination Pizza Hut and Little Free Library you’re actually at.

Alex Primiani is the associate director of publicity at Melville House.