Just another way to book share.
I’ve started to see these little “Free Libraries” pop up in different neighborhoods. Apparently it is a program sponsored by the city of Los Angeles and Burbank (and there are probably more throughout the country). You give the “Little Free Library” people a call, and they come out and set up this bird-house looking contraption in your front yard and then you fill it with books! A sign on the front glass tells you take a book or leave a book, and bring back the “loaned” book whenever you can.
The result? Genius book sharing. Now, this little library in particular has some, ahem, not very interesting books located within, unless you are into Sunset gardening guides from 1982 or some old–ish scifi novels. There are also a few battered children books. I guess the point is to share, but I would love it if home-owners also dropped in their precious books (the books you read, treasure, and save), and not just the old copies of stuff they have lying around that they would most likely throw out or donate to Goodwill anyway.
Yes, the good ol’ regular library is also free, but even libraries have its limitations. Did you know that it takes just ONE parent or person to call the board and complain that a branch carries a certain book of “poor taste” (think of all the banished books from schools) and that book is usually removed right away??! I don’t know what the rules are regarding the “Little Free Library”, but what if we started our own book revolution? All banished books, all “questionable” books, all of the hard-to-find books, all treasured and collectables get put out there into the world for enjoyment. I’m not saying “The Joy of Sex” has to be front and center on the street, but let’s fill these wonderful little boxes with gems and make it accessible to everyone.
And how great is it that if you find yourself in need of a book at 10pm and you can just walk over to the next house in your pajamas and pick up a free book? This is what I call the next wave in library science.