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(USA Today)   There's a new trend sweeping the nation: Little free libraries. Though you've probably never seen one. That's too bad, because they seem pretty cool. Keep looking, but they'll probably be old news by the time you find one   (usatoday.com) divider line 66
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2012-02-27 10:09:30 AM  
I like this. I have lots of paper backs that just collect dust.
 
2012-02-27 10:13:18 AM  
I used to know cafes that did this... then I started drinking, and I've actually found a couple of bars that did this.

/ please get off my la-- oh, you're a bibliophile... ok, you may remain.
 
2012-02-27 10:13:42 AM  
Do they use the whole Dewey Decimal System?
 
2012-02-27 10:13:57 AM  
I like this idea, but I'd prefer Little Free Taverns scattered throughout my neighbourhood.
 
2012-02-27 10:15:11 AM  
What is this, a center for ants!?

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2012-02-27 10:15:20 AM  
I like this too. Maybe it's because I'm not some snobby/douchey kindle reader.

/prefer paperback
//batteries not included.
 
2012-02-27 10:15:50 AM  
There's one in Glen Elllen, California.
 
2012-02-27 10:17:47 AM  
Do only hipsters know about these?

I'd tell you where mine is, but you wound't be able to get there.
 
2012-02-27 10:18:54 AM  
Hmmm...no stupid posing involved. This will never catch on.

/cool idea
 
2012-02-27 10:19:33 AM  
I hope they take the library in when it rains.
 
2012-02-27 10:19:58 AM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: Do only hipsters know about these?

I'd tell you where mine is, but you wound't be able to get there.


I'd tell you my reading list but you woulnd't get what they're talking about.

/Alternative joke: I'd tell you my reading list but the books are too mainstream.
 
2012-02-27 10:20:56 AM  
I like this idea, but I can just see someone leaving pornography in one and a parent suing when their kid brings it home.
 
2012-02-27 10:22:26 AM  
mybfolder.org

Just kidding, I love the idea. There's always going to be some asshole that decides to come by and just clean the entire thing out though. :(
 
2012-02-27 10:22:36 AM  
I get all my reading done in Fark comments sections.
 
2012-02-27 10:22:40 AM  
 
2012-02-27 10:23:33 AM  

Cyrusv10: I like this too. Maybe it's because I'm not some snobby/douchey kindle reader.

/prefer paperback
//batteries not included.


Hey, not all of us Kindle and Nook readers are snobby/douchey.
It's nice being able to carry a collection of books in a small form factor when traveling.
 
2012-02-27 10:25:42 AM  
This is pretty cool. I need to figure out if we could do this.
 
2012-02-27 10:25:43 AM  
That's pretty cool. Back when I used to travel a lot, people used to buy books in the airport and read them during their flight. They would then write their name, date and the city the found the book in on the frontispiece and leave it for someone else to find and read. It was interesting to find how books would make their way around the world and how long it took. I haven't seen this in years now.
 
2012-02-27 10:27:33 AM  
"Wouldn't the books get weather-damaged or stolen by woodland creatures for nesting material?" asks the rustic Canuckian with a slight skunk odour.
 
2012-02-27 10:27:36 AM  
Even smaller than what is described in the article is books being left in cafes and other places with the idea that people read them and then pass them on.

Book Crossing
 
2012-02-27 10:27:59 AM  

Stavr0: Bookcrossing has been doing this for almost a decade.


LOVE that site. My husband has used bookcrossing.com for 5-6 years. He's a proto-hoarder and this is the one way he can get rid of the giant mass of books he's collected, since he can keep track of them & see if they go to good homes. Another bonus is if we're looking for a particular book, esp. an out-of-print one, SOMEBODY on that site has it in their stash & will happily send it.

And it's all free.
 
2012-02-27 10:29:01 AM  
Adding a building, even a small one, to your property to lend books is commitment.

We devour books in this household and my kids like to read their favorites over and over again. We both frequent the library and buy a lot of books. My kids attend a school that has required them to do research projects since the first grade. It can be surprisingly difficult to find non-fiction children's' books on some topics. So, I've purchased a ton of books on a variety of subjects.

We moved a couple of years ago and I'm finding owning a whopping pile of books isn't as fun as it used to be. The old neighborhood had a significantly larger number of children. It had a higher number of families where both parents worked. It had a higher number of families with no car or one car shared by two to four adults. In other words, it had a higher number of kids schlepping to my house to borrow books because getting to the library was difficult for them.
Sometimes, even when a child made it to the library, I had a book a child could use when the library didn't.

The best part was when a child burst through my front door, without knocking, to tell me he had earned an "A" on his paper. It happened two or three times. I like the new neighborhood, but sometimes I miss having a dozen or so kids in my house looking for books, ripping up the plants I'd just put out while asking silly questions (What is this? How did it get here?), and asking me to bake cookies. I know my kids miss it too. They play outside a lot less now and sometime complain of loneliness.
 
2012-02-27 10:29:33 AM  

BumpInTheNight: What is this, a center for ants!?

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I lol'd
 
2012-02-27 10:33:16 AM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: Do only hipsters know about these?

I'd tell you where mine is, but you wound't be able to get there.


No but you do have to find a Singer and get this month's Word to be let in (February's was jasper)

(Is making a hipster joke that requires having read a 40-year old SF story to get the literary equivalent of dividing by zero?)
 
2012-02-27 10:33:18 AM  
My barber did this. I picked up a copy of Grisham's (John not Kevin) The Painted House. Thought it was a great story. I left my copy of "Insurrection of Hippolytus Brandenburg". I miss that book.
 
2012-02-27 10:34:29 AM  

EnderX: Do they use the whole Dewey Decimal System?


Nope, just the good parts.

/Seriously cool idea, might try to do this myself....
 
2012-02-27 10:36:59 AM  
Let me count the legal woes: Copywrite infringement etc
 
2012-02-27 10:38:02 AM  
Wife has found that she can link her Kindle up to the local library system, then reserve and download the latest books for free for a week or two without having to drive to said library.
 
2012-02-27 10:38:18 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Cyrusv10: I like this too. Maybe it's because I'm not some snobby/douchey kindle reader.

/prefer paperback
//batteries not included.

Hey, not all of us Kindle and Nook readers are snobby/douchey.
It's nice being able to carry a collection of books in a small form factor when traveling.


I agree. I spend lots and lots and lots of time in doctor waiting rooms and hospitals, or even waiting for an hour in an exam room cuz the doctor is late. That's why I use the kinkle app on my phone. But I will never tire of the feel of a real book in my hands, or the sound of it hitting the floor at four in the morning when I've finally passed out from laying in bed and reading for far too long. (my mastiff, on the other hand, has learned to sleep on the other side of the bed when I'm reading).

I've got hundreds of books on shelves collecting dust, and seeing as how I'm going to be unemployed again after next week, I might have to take the time to put one of these outside my house. I will, of course, be installing a video camera so that some douche from the hood down the street doesn't swipe them all.

My guess is the city will force me to take it down eventually, but hey, I've got nothing else to do and if it encourages people to read, I'm all for it.
 
2012-02-27 10:39:48 AM  
I'm all for another source, but one of the good things about Cincinnati/Hamilton County is they have a very good library system. I'm in there 3-4 times a week
 
2012-02-27 10:41:21 AM  
I should build a little library in the shape of a rocketship. I have like forty computer paper cartons full of science fiction & fantasy titles in the garage.
 
2012-02-27 10:45:24 AM  

NeoBad: Let me count the legal woes: Copywrite infringement etc


Unlike the music and movie industry, publishers don't have an asinine lobbying arm (entirely) devoted to preventing people from reading their books. There is no copyright infringement for lending a book to someone else. There's no copyright infringement if you sell the book to someone else, either. In fact, if you have a Kindle, you can even loan electronic books that you own to other Kindle users.

However, the fact that you spelled copyright wrong does speak volumes.
 
2012-02-27 10:46:18 AM  

NeoBad: Let me count the legal woes: Copywrite infringement etc


As long as you aren't leaving photocopies of books in the little library, there is no copyright infringement.
 
2012-02-27 10:48:13 AM  

Lipo: NeoBad: Let me count the legal woes: Copywrite infringement etc

Unlike the music and movie industry, publishers don't have an asinine lobbying arm (entirely) devoted to preventing people from reading their books. There is no copyright infringement for lending a book to someone else. There's no copyright infringement if you sell the book to someone else, either. In fact, if you have a Kindle, you can even loan electronic books that you own to other Kindle users.


It would be cool if you could post a link on a little library that would allow people to borrow your Kindle ebooks.

However, the fact that you spelled copyright wrong does speak volumes.

'volumes'. Heh.
 
2012-02-27 10:49:18 AM  
Back in our old neighborhood 25 years ago or so, there was a tiny library on the streetcorner. We used to walk over there all the time to get books. Then some thug decided to pull a weapon and rob it (because tiny libraries have just SO much cash on hand...) The grandmother who ran it shut it down and moved away. One of the many reasons why we moved here. That and the incident with the gang of young black men who put up a roadblock and wouldn't let us past until Mom got out of the car and told them off (she figured Dad would have gotten shot or knifed if he tried the same thing). Or the young woman getting raped and murdered a block away from our house. Doesn't take many scumbags to ruin the neighborhood for everyone else.

Short version - if you accept money, make sure it's kept in a time safe and have the police visit you around that time. Don't have any saleable electronics in the mini-library either. Advertise your lack of stuff to steal as much as possible.
 
2012-02-27 10:50:03 AM  

Coelacanth: I should build a little library in the shape of a rocketship. I have like forty computer paper cartons full of science fiction & fantasy titles in the garage.


Oh good, I was afraid I was the only one.
 
2012-02-27 10:56:25 AM  

j0ndas: Back in our old neighborhood 25 years ago or so, there was a tiny library on the streetcorner. We used to walk over there all the time to get books. Then some thug decided to pull a weapon and rob it (because tiny libraries have just SO much cash on hand...) The grandmother who ran it shut it down and moved away. One of the many reasons why we moved here. That and the incident with the gang of young black men who put up a roadblock and wouldn't let us past until Mom got out of the car and told them off (she figured Dad would have gotten shot or knifed if he tried the same thing). Or the young woman getting raped and murdered a block away from our house. Doesn't take many scumbags to ruin the neighborhood for everyone else.

Short version - if you accept money, make sure it's kept in a time safe and have the police visit you around that time. Don't have any saleable electronics in the mini-library either. Advertise your lack of stuff to steal as much as possible.


I'm guessing you did not read the article.

i.usatoday.net

This does not cry out 'hey, I'm holding a bunch of money and electronics in here'.
 
2012-02-27 10:57:32 AM  

pkellmey: Oh good, I was afraid I was the only one.


I used to know this old snow bird named Andy who was a real science fiction nut. He lived in a converted school bus that looked like the Ackermansion on wheels. His entire collection took up something like five 10' X 10' storage lockers.
 
2012-02-27 11:05:48 AM  
www.animationmagazine.net

Yeah, be careful what you find in those places.
 
2012-02-27 11:08:11 AM  

Magorn: Shakespeare's Monkey: Do only hipsters know about these?

I'd tell you where mine is, but you wound't be able to get there.

No but you do have to find a Singer and get this month's Word to be let in (February's was jasper)

(Is making a hipster joke that requires having read a 40-year old SF story to get the literary equivalent of dividing by zero?)


I met the Singer at a party, you probably wouldn't know the place.
 
2012-02-27 11:09:45 AM  
WTF is a "book"? Is that like what people used to play Angry Birds on?
 
2012-02-27 11:11:49 AM  
I have a couple by me that I drop off books in. Only once have I taken a book (I have tons of books and several e-readers).
 
2012-02-27 11:32:36 AM  
There has been a trend the past few years of city libraries having a free, honor system section of paperbacks. No checkout necessary.
 
2012-02-27 11:34:13 AM  

j0ndas: Short version - if you accept money, make sure it's kept in a time safe and have the police visit you around that time. Don't have any saleable electronics in the mini-library either. Advertise your lack of stuff to steal as much as possible.


Have you never been to a library? It's this place they lend books - for free!
 
2012-02-27 11:40:23 AM  
Uh oh, this is one of those projects that I am absolutely infatuated with now that I know it exists. My poor husband. He loves wood working, but it might take me some time to convince him this would be awesome. We actually have about 30 Star Trek paperback books that we were going to give away anyway (among other various books i no longer want or care if they disappear). I think the trick is to put books you don't mind never seeing again in there. The people worried about the books disappearing, well yeah some people are asshats, but don't be putting your first edition signed copy of Harry Potter in there and expecting it to come back. Seriously, if all our Star Trek books disappeared in one day I would just hope they found someone who would enjoy reading them.

We have tons of kids and foot traffic in our neighborhood. I bet it would be a big hit.
 
2012-02-27 11:43:05 AM  
So how long before somebody puts porn in one of these things and gets them all banned because of "think of the children"?
 
2012-02-27 11:45:15 AM  
We had this where I grew up. Most of the the houses were up trails, so there was a community parking area, community trash receptacle and an a-frame structure that held most of the mail boxes. On the end of the mail box structure was the "Tam Canyon Put 'n Take Library." Mostly old paperbacks. Borrow one, bring it back (or not), put another there. Whatever.
 
2012-02-27 11:52:18 AM  

j0ndas: Back in our old neighborhood 25 years ago or so, there was a tiny library on the streetcorner. We used to walk over there all the time to get books. Then some thug decided to pull a weapon and rob it (because tiny libraries have just SO much cash on hand...) The grandmother who ran it shut it down and moved away. One of the many reasons why we moved here. That and the incident with the gang of young black men who put up a roadblock and wouldn't let us past until Mom got out of the car and told them off (she figured Dad would have gotten shot or knifed if he tried the same thing). Or the young woman getting raped and murdered a block away from our house. Doesn't take many scumbags to ruin the neighborhood for everyone else.

Short version - if you accept money, make sure it's kept in a time safe and have the police visit you around that time. Don't have any saleable electronics in the mini-library either. Advertise your lack of stuff to steal as much as possible.


It's unclear why you posted this elaborate anecdote. Did you feel it was necessary to tell us that some places can be ruined by the actions of a few thuggish loons? I don't understand the reason for the details that you included. What do they have to do with the "little libraries" concept, or its execution?

Yes, I understand that in a neighborhood such as the one you are talking about, the "little library" might be vandalized or have all of the books taken by one person. But why all of the proscriptions against "advertising" one's inaccessibility or lack of things to steal? It seems as though you just wished to talk at length about the horrid neighborhood you used to live in.

Given the actual posted article's details, do you think the "little library" is a good or bad idea in general, discounting the obvious hellish-neighborhood-scenario? Do you have an opinion on the actual story posted? I personally think it's a fine idea with little overhead and little initial investment, other than the emotional. I fear in my area it might be ignored, but should we move I would consider it, definitely.
 
2012-02-27 11:55:35 AM  

hailin: Uh oh, this is one of those projects that I am absolutely infatuated with now that I know it exists. My poor husband. He loves wood working, but it might take me some time to convince him this would be awesome. We actually have about 30 Star Trek paperback books that we were going to give away anyway (among other various books i no longer want or care if they disappear). I think the trick is to put books you don't mind never seeing again in there. The people worried about the books disappearing, well yeah some people are asshats, but don't be putting your first edition signed copy of Harry Potter in there and expecting it to come back. Seriously, if all our Star Trek books disappeared in one day I would just hope they found someone who would enjoy reading them.

We have tons of kids and foot traffic in our neighborhood. I bet it would be a big hit.


May I suggest that you stock quality books on science topics aimed at First through Ninth grade readers?
When the kids were younger, I found the "Pull Ahead" series to be very helpful. Now that they are in middle school, I one series won't do it. I struggle to keep up with their interests which have ranged through architecture, art, epidemiology, the Irish Potato famine and socio-political consequences, and zoology. I like to find out what the local libraries have, then, try to fill in any gaps.
 
2012-02-27 12:01:37 PM  

Lunaville: May I suggest that you stock quality books on science topics aimed at First through Ninth grade readers?
When the kids were younger, I found the "Pull Ahead" series to be very helpful. Now that they are in middle school, I one series won't do it. I struggle to keep up with their interests which have ranged through architecture, art, epidemiology, the Irish Potato famine and socio-political consequences, and zoology. I like to find out what the local libraries have, then, try to fill in any gaps.


I'm not going to buy books to stock into it. I already have tons of paperback books (mostly fiction, non-fiction isn't my cup of tea, ranging from young adult to adult (like self-help books, not romance novels). I thought the whole point was to share books I liked and wanted to pass on, not to actually be a substitute for our library.
 
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