Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Little Free Library.. have you been to your local one?

Little Free Libraries are amazing.  I finally took the time to go and explore one of the ones in my area.  I originally learned about them through on of the Bout of Books Challenges this last time around.  If you don't know about Little Free Library let me tell you all about it.  The program is where an individual sets up a box where people can drive up (walk up) and drop off and pick up books.  Almost like a drive through fast food joint but instead of food you gets books.  Oh and it's free of course.



There is a wonderful map online of all the registered boxes in the country so if you are interested you can go on by and donate some books.  Today I went and didn't even expect to find a book I might want to read and sure enough I did.  The Dark Half by Stephen King was in the box so I scooped that up.  There was even a Harry Potter book in there!

I think it would be amazing and fun to have one of these in my yard.  To find out more go to the Little Free Library's website to find out more.  Maybe even set up a box at your house???  Or just participate and go check out your local one.  This is great if you have a couple of books you no longer want. There are two more local ones in my area that I eventually plan on visiting.  So fun!!  I'll post pictures when I visit those locations.



 

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  1. This is a great idea. I'm off to see if we do anything like this in Britain.

    Sarah

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    1. I hope so.. I am sure that someone has started one. If not ... you could be the one to get others to join in!

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  2. This is very cool :). I doubt anyone has started something like that here in my little island. I might have to be the one to start it!

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    1. You should look into it. Once the community gets involved then I think it's really fun!

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  3. Wow I haven't heard of this! I'm going to check one out in my area, this is such a great idea! I'm so glad you posted about it!

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    1. I know! I was so surprised I hadn't heard of this before the Bout of Books challenge. I am not sure how many people use them or know about them but it was still fun today to check it out.

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  4. This is so cool, and I'm surprised to find that there's one in my area!

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    1. Oh good! You will have to stop by and visit it!!

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  5. That is so cool! There aren't any in my area but there is a similar thing at my eye doctor's office and a shipping store near by that I browse whenever I am there.

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    1. A shipping store huh? That's interesting for a location!

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  6. There is one in front of local coffee shop..I like the idea of donating books to people..I always donate my older books to the local library :)

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    1. I donate to the library too.. but the books (at least here) doesn't go into circulation. They just get sold at the Friends of the Library sale. I used to think that the library would put them on the shelves. :(

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    2. That is a shame that you donate and they sell them. At our library, if they aren't books they can use and put on the shelves, I find ones I've donated in baskets they have set out that are free for anyone to take.

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    3. OH hummm... that would be a good thing to do actually. Really nice for the community. Though I guess our library does have the paper bag special. An entire paper bag full to the brim for $5.

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  7. Nifty idea. Hadn't even heard of something like this outside of the bookshelves in the clubhouse in the active adult community my mother lives in. Similar concept, but not as cutesy.

    Alas, I live down the road from my local library, so that'll be more my go-to place for books I don't want to buy.

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    1. I use my library for ALL my books. Except Stephen King though. Must buy all those!!

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  8. This is such a wonderful idea, I have my mind wandering now about what I could do, as I just went through my books and have stacks I am ready to part with. I live on a military base, so I cannot do this...but makes me wonder if I could put in a word about it and persuade and see if the housing community would set up something like this. It is so great!

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    1. I have lived on a military base several times in my life. I wonder if they would do this. I bet if you join one of the wives clubs for when the members separate if they could help you contact base housing. I know though most base housing is contracted out now so who knows anymore.

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  9. I love this idea! It looks amazing! I have seen so many pictures about these kinds of things and I love them all. I've seen some in a mall but not in real life. That is awesome you got to see it in real life!

    I hope to see a progress of the destinations of these little libraries because I am definitely jealous.

    I love this post! <3

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    1. Thanks!! I have a few more books now to donate to the little libraries!! I went through my books and found some more. I try to put ones in there that people would really want to read!!

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  10. I really love the idea behind these and it tears me up a little knowing that most of them are dedicated to RIP book lovers. If I had my own house, I'd definitely get my own. There's 3 within an hour's drive of me so maybe I'll hook up with one of the owners and add in some good books. I'd like to convince some of those offline book lovers that there are great authors outside of those on the NY Bestseller List.

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  11. Yay! This is soooooooo cool, Angie. Bless those kind souls who are willing to share their books. I am however apprehensive to do that here in our country because people here might sell them.

    Thoughts and Pens

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  12. What a wonderful thing for people to do, I checked and we have three of them in Wichita. I will have to stop by on some time soon.

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