Ripples of Kindness

Kat Lehmann’s “Ripples of Kindness” project is a way to put something good into the world, just by doing it. If you found a book, I would love to hear from you! WRITE TO: 29trees@sbcglobal.net

Kat places free, signed copies of her book “Small Stones from the River” in public parks and other public spaces around the United States for strangers to find. Kat (or one of her “book fairies”) takes a photo of the book in its location and Kat announces it on her social media channels (@SongsOfKat on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook). The times she has returned to the spot 5-10 minutes later, the book is gone!

In addition to leaving physical copies of the book, hundreds of bookmarks with poems from the books have been given away, and hundreds of free e-book copies of “Small Stones from the River” and “Stumbling Toward Happiness” have been given globally through free Amazon downloads. The project is supported by a portion of the proceeds from my book sales, so the project also provides a means to express gratitude to readers on a broad scale.

Las Vegas - Jan 2018 Ripple of Kindness
A “Ripple of Kindness”…A signed copy of Small Stones from the River left in Las Vegas

Kat believes we all have the power to put goodness, kindness, and compassion into the world just by doing it. It can be as simple as leaving a book of positivity on a bench and walking away. It might be exactly what a stranger needs to shift their day and keep the ripple of kindness rippling.

2017 year end recap blurb
Listing as a 2017 year-end highlight in Connecticut shoreline newspapers

What began as a decision to leave five signed copies in public spaces for people to find has grown into a national and international project, with books left in the following places.

Within the United States:

  • Arizona (Grand Canyon)
  • Arkansas (Little Rock)
  • California (San Diego)
  • Connecticut (multiple)
  • Florida (book fairy choice)
  • Hawaii (Big Island little free library)
  • Massachusetts (Salem)
  • Minnesota (multiple)
  • Nevada (Las Vegas)
  • New Jersey (Seaside Heights)
  • Pennsylvania (multiple)
  • Rhode Island (Narragansett)
  • Utah (multiple)
  • Vermont (Montpelier)
  • Washington, DC

Outside the United States:

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Paris, France (multiple)
  • Tel Aviv, Israel (multiple)
  • Venice, Italy
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Barcelona, Spain

Ripples in progress:

  • Bangalore, India
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Mumbai, India
  • Stockholm, Sweden

 

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