Libraries little and large
By amy, Oct 29 2014 10:26PM
It’s no surprise that I love books. And I love libraries. My sons used to want to take their shoes off when they went to libraries and I knew what they meant (although I did remind them it wasn’t a rule of entry and in fact not ideal). They are just Good Places – positive, peaceful, sometimes bustling, full of potential. So I went a little bit fuzzy when I saw a picture of books bursting from what looked like a little wooden dolls’ house on the internet and learnt it was a library.
In fact it was a just fleeting glimpse, and I mentally bookmarked the page to come back to. Shortly afterwards, the brilliant @routestoreading and @playbythebook drew me back to them on Twitter and sent me the link www.littlefreelibrary.org
They are basically small book-sheds, left outside for people to come and visit as they would a library. Anyone can take books and donate books as they wish. I love this. I like the obvious concept that people come, go, borrow, donate, and find new authors. And clearly it is a great way of recycling. But I also smile at the (entirely made up by my brain-wandering) idea that some dedicated book-hater decided to come and destroy the library, and in the process of attempted destruction, was distracted by a strong strapline, or an intriguing blurb, and they squirreled the book under their jacket, took it home and read it. Ha.
In a very simple way, these Little Free Libraries are proof that people are good and kind and creative. They are about sharing experience and enabling others to enjoy what you enjoyed. Or conversely, to get rid of something you didn’t like but you know someone else will. What a brilliant idea.