These cute little boxes on posts seem to be sprouting up around here like daisies in sunshine. In the past week or so, I have noticed four. I finally just had to park my car, get out, and see what they were all about.
Sure glad I did!
I turned off the car, crossed the street, and peeked into the box; a box of books! There was a little hook to lift and a door opened, with an invitation inside to take a book, return it with another. Adult books and children’s books, there for the taking. I was as giddy as Charlie Bucket holding his golden ticket.
Leapt. I leapt across the street and opened my trunk, where a bag sat, bursting, with books I was planning to donate to Goodwill. I rummaged around and took out a Miss Dimple I was going to pass on, deciding, on the spot to donate it instead to this Little Free Library. I leapt back across the street, where I perused the selection. A few cars passed, unfettered by my leaping on this bookish corner as I once again opened the door, took out my selection, an as yet unread Maisie Dobbs, and replacing it with Miss Dimple.
Home again, I did some online investigating, finding the Little Free Library website, which you can visit here.
What a fabulous idea and a way to not only enjoy books, but, to foster literacy. There is a quaintness about this idea of sharing books in a clever and attractive way with your neighbors and passers-by. Of course, you can buy plans and kits to make your own little library, and you can officially register it and get one of these very nice markers – or, you can make one on your own. The Little Free Library is an interesting enterprise that seems to be growing.
I wonder if Tom can build one to look like the arbor. Have you seen one?