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(AP)   Wisconsin man's tribute to his mother, Little Free Library, has been copied worldwide and has spread to at least 36 countries. Kinda like your mom, but with books   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 53
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2012-12-25 02:36:39 PM  
These things are awesome. I have two that I can walk to. They also tell you a lot about your neighbors. Sometimes I see awesome books, other times I find them filled up with romance novels.

A round of shame to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for trying to regulate the things because "evil literature might be put inside". As in Rabbit Hill, the quote "readin' rots the mind" describes that town.
 
2012-12-25 03:26:48 PM  

exvaxman: These things are awesome. I have two that I can walk to. They also tell you a lot about your neighbors. Sometimes I see awesome books, other times I find them filled up with romance novels.

A round of shame to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for trying to regulate the things because "evil literature might be put inside". As in Rabbit Hill, the quote "readin' rots the mind" describes that town.


Having just moved behind the Cheddar Curtain from Chicago/Libertyville it takes some getting used to, some great folks and land though
 
2012-12-25 03:52:32 PM  
st_francis_p: not sure why my first 'thank you' post did not make it, but I am so stealing that graphic

Jim32rr: depends on where, but having been brought up in Schaumburg when it was worth living in that area (woodfield was built while I lived there, Higgins to get to our house was two lanes dirt, dad had moved us from Cambridge, Mass) I want to say that outside of stupid politics and high taxes, Wisconsin is great. (If you are not in Madison or Milwaukee and have kids in the school system).

I brought my parents back to Schaumburg before they died and they swore at how awful it had become.
 
2012-12-25 03:58:13 PM  
To be honest, anyone who says "I don't read books" isn't worth talking to.
 
2012-12-25 04:06:44 PM  
duffblue: as someone who lived in exile in SC, whose house had more books than the local library, whose wife's first words when our first child was born were "can we move now?", yes. Absolutely. My wife was brought up in KY, and she could not handle the education level in SC. The horror stories I could tell......
 
2012-12-25 05:02:47 PM  
You know what other Wisonsinite bult tributes to his mother?

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2012-12-25 05:07:56 PM  
ourlovelywords.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-25 05:13:27 PM  
"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. "  Oh Mark Twain, is there anything you can't do?

I live in a very non-reading area.  Until smart phones became ubiquitous, you'd see people sitting around--at the doctor's office, at the DMV, sitting in the car at the Wal-Mart parking lot, radio blasting seriously irritating country music which I still don't understand; why not GO INSIDE for heaven's sake--without anything to read.  They'd just kind of stare into space.  Very disturbing.

I get mildly panicked if I'm out without anything to read.
 
2012-12-25 05:15:50 PM  
I see one of these that recently appeared in the neighborhood a few streets over from my mother's. It is funny watching the pedestrians as they stop and react. They are an awesome idea.
 
2012-12-25 05:17:06 PM  
I tried this when I lived in Chicago. Had a cute little sign explaining and put out a ton of books. Someone stole them all within a day.
 
2012-12-25 05:18:27 PM  
There's a few places in the Scottish highlands and islands where phone boxes and bus stops are used as book exchanges. There's also the mystery book carver of Edinbrugh who leaves sculptures carved out of books in various places to show support for libraries.

planetedinburgh.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-25 05:18:44 PM  
Also, for my smartphone, Moon Reader+ plus m.Gutenberg.org are awesome.
 
2012-12-25 05:20:09 PM  
I pass by one of these often in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. On North 47th Street, maybe?
 
2012-12-25 05:20:13 PM  
If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.
 
2012-12-25 05:24:24 PM  

CreamFilling: If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-25 05:26:47 PM  
There's one by where I work. If it's still up, I want to put a book or three in it.
 
2012-12-25 05:26:55 PM  

exvaxman: These things are awesome. I have two that I can walk to. They also tell you a lot about your neighbors. Sometimes I see awesome books, other times I find them filled up with romance novels.

A round of shame to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for trying to regulate the things because "evil literature might be put inside". As in Rabbit Hill, the quote "readin' rots the mind" describes that town.


I want to put one on our corner....this is such an awesome idea!

We live miles out of town, and our library's bookmobile no longer delivers out here.  I think it would be fantastic if we could set something like this up near the General Store, so more people had more options and more children had exposure to a variety of books.
 
2012-12-25 05:27:43 PM  
I have seen cars twice stealing books from the libraries to turn them in at (i assume) half price books for a couple of bucks. Both times I called the cops, and in one library now they request that you put in a small label covered by clear mailing tape so that HPB refuses them. A link is provided. A local hardware store will take books and put in 'Donated' labels for free and promises to get the books in the library within two days.

The most awesome book I ever picked up from one was a book from the 1830's that was describing that year's scientific advances. The other best are from someone who used to live in Australia and loved local humor.
 
2012-12-25 05:30:44 PM  

exvaxman: I have seen cars twice stealing books from the libraries to turn them in at (i assume) half price books for a couple of bucks. Both times I called the cops, and in one library now they request that you put in a small label covered by clear mailing tape so that HPB refuses them. A link is provided. A local hardware store will take books and put in 'Donated' labels for free and promises to get the books in the library within two days.

The most awesome book I ever picked up from one was a book from the 1830's that was describing that year's scientific advances. The other best are from someone who used to live in Australia and loved local humor.


How did you know they were stealing, not borrowing?
 
2012-12-25 05:30:45 PM  
I've come across two in my neighborhood, but I've never seen anyone standing around them. And the one time I looked inside, curious to see what kinds of books there were, it was empty.

I wish I knew exactly where they are because I have two boxes of good books that I keep forgetting to take to Half Price Books, and I'd much rather give them to something like this than getting an insulting offer from HPB.
 
2012-12-25 05:32:50 PM  
They have these things in Christchurch, in the vacant lots where buildings were demolished after the earthquake.
 
2012-12-25 05:33:42 PM  
Granolasteak: one town over from me there is one that is next to a kid's park and across from an elementary school. While the local book store has gone under, a heating&cooling company, a grocery store, and the local police department have adopted it and make sure that there are children's books inside. I also when donating items to St. Vinnies or SA drop $5 or so on kids books to help keep it filled. I drop the books off at the police station so their "donated by" sticker gets put inside.
 
2012-12-25 05:35:20 PM  
Octopied: when they grab every book from the library and dash off leaving it empty.
 
2012-12-25 05:37:12 PM  
"I cannot live without books; but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." - Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 10 June 1815

Hometown does good for a change!

Go Raiders!!
class of 1980
 
2012-12-25 05:49:18 PM  
Granolasteak:
If you need books to fill your library for elementary kids, please email my totalfark address. If the library does not make it out to your area, I would consider it an honor to send USPS (low&slow) boxes to you.
 
2012-12-25 05:55:10 PM  

granolasteak: exvaxman: These things are awesome. I have two that I can walk to. They also tell you a lot about your neighbors. Sometimes I see awesome books, other times I find them filled up with romance novels.

A round of shame to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for trying to regulate the things because "evil literature might be put inside". As in Rabbit Hill, the quote "readin' rots the mind" describes that town.

I want to put one on our corner....this is such an awesome idea!

We live miles out of town, and our library's bookmobile no longer delivers out here.  I think it would be fantastic if we could set something like this up near the General Store, so more people had more options and more children had exposure to a variety of books.




I suggest you set up an indiegogo appeal and post it to FarkUS. I'm sure Fark's book lovers and librarians (there's quite a few of us) would be happy to chip in.
 
2012-12-25 06:33:58 PM  
Stories like this make me happy. I took a cab to work on Sunday and the driver told me he wasn't having much luck finding customers -- it was the 23rd. Ended up giving him a 20 when the ride was 6 something. Being kind to people rocks... when you can afford it.
 
2012-12-25 06:42:28 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: CreamFilling: If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.

[i.imgur.com image 400x400]


You have to admit that Little Free Library is strange name for a woman.
 
2012-12-25 06:47:34 PM  

anniesmom: "I cannot live without books; but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." - Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 10 June 1815

Hometown does good for a change!

Go Raiders!!
class of 1980


Pffft! Raiders....They suck! Go Wildcats! Or something like that anyways.

/River Falls
//Class of '99

On a serious note. Good on these people who are doing small things to make lives better. Makes Hudson suck just a little bit less (Barkers is great though).
 
2012-12-25 06:49:58 PM  
I have one of these in my yard.  I love the concept.
 
2012-12-25 07:01:53 PM  

duffblue: To be honest, anyone who says "I don't read books" isn't worth talking to.


i love you. stealing that quote to use the rest of my life, thank you.

EkimProx: Stories like this make me happy. I took a cab to work on Sunday and the driver told me he wasn't having much luck finding customers -- it was the 23rd. Ended up giving him a 20 when the ride was 6 something. Being kind to people rocks... when you can afford it.


love to you too. tipping -better yet, over tipping, should be done whenever one has the extra dosh. i especially like tipping people who don't ever get tips, like the kid who pumps gas into the car. you know he's not being paid squat. a quiet fiver puts a smile on the lads face and i feel good about myself. one of my sisters will pay for other peoples bridge toll, fast food meal, blah blah blah out of the blue. she rocks.
 
2012-12-25 07:06:05 PM  
Sliceablekitty: according to your profile, you are local to me. Please send an email to my ultrafark address if you ever need replenishment.
 
2012-12-25 07:53:30 PM  
Some people just want to watch the world learn.
 
2012-12-25 07:57:37 PM  
One of these cropped up in my neighbourhood earlier this year. It seems to have a fairly high turnover rate from what I can see. All in all, a very cool idea.

/Personally I'm just using it to dump some of the duds from my library...
 
2012-12-25 08:22:31 PM  
It's a nice idea. It's spread to Toronto, but just like the public libraries (Link), they can be vectors for bedbugs.
I'm getting an e-reader.
 
2012-12-25 08:25:31 PM  
Haven't seen any of these pop up in Watertown. We have a decent library in town, so it's not exactly a tragedy that one's not here, but one would be really cool to have nonetheless.
 
2012-12-25 08:34:07 PM  

Sliceablekitty: I have one of these in my yard.  I love the concept.


I'm gonna build one in my yard, but am probably gonna wait until I've got some time to make it properly weather proof.

We have a decent library system but I live on the edge of town and the closest library is a mile away.  Not that big a deal, but the closest elementary school is only about a long-ish block away so kids walk down on a regular clip.  Plus people just walking around.

PenguinCam: It's a nice idea. It's spread to Toronto, but just like the public libraries (Link), they can be vectors for bedbugs.
I'm getting an e-reader.


Dammit, I didn't want to know that!

I'll probably just fill it with books from my collection.  The SO and I have over three bookcases full between us, I can spare some.  One of the libraries by my parents house has a sale every year with the last day being "everything you can fit in this paper back for $3" clear out day.  I end up getting 5-10 random books per year from my dad just from that, so even though I'm basically entirely on ebooks right now my bookshelves overfloweth.
 
2012-12-25 09:06:51 PM  
I've seen one outside of a local elderly home. It's got some classics in it. I considered putting an old favorite of mine in, but I kept forgetting to take it, and now I don't have to walk up to my college anymore.

/Someday...
 
2012-12-25 09:39:14 PM  

exvaxman: Sliceablekitty: according to your profile, you are local to me. Please send an email to my ultrafark address if you ever need replenishment.


Gladly.  And thank you.  I'm good on books for awhile - a few weeks ago an older gentleman knocked on my door.  His wife was in the car, in our driveway.  He thanked me for putting up the library - his wife has trouble walking and loved that they could drive-up to my library for books.  Apparently they visit every day while I'm at work.  That day they brought me three HUGE boxes of books to put out whenever I needed a refill.

And just before Christmas someone dropped off a bunch of really sweet Christmas themed books.

We've had very few bad experiences.  One day the library went from completely full to completely empty, but within a week it was refilled.
 
2012-12-25 09:48:04 PM  
I'd consider putting one up in my bumblefark neighborhood, but knowing the people around here, any one of them drunks would just end up running it over with their pickup truck in no time.
 
2012-12-25 09:59:37 PM  
On the downside, it contains only Harlequin Romance books.
 
2012-12-25 10:37:39 PM  

Sliceablekitty: I have one of these in my yard.  I love the concept.


so many questions for you...
Did you buy the premade library setup?  How do of keep the books from getting cold-soaked if ou live somewhere cold?  Do parents ever whine about your selection?  Do you mark your books specially?  What was the initial layout for you, financially?  Do you have a way to keep squirrels, etc., from chewing on or taking the books?

I REALLY want to do this.  I have a feeling our plot (corner lot in a semi-rural neighborhood) might be a great place....and I love the idea of having my kids help with this as a community service project.  (My teens helped send an entire library to a small Alaskan village...my daughters were interviewed on the radio, and they said, and I quote, "Our house is just filled with books.  I don't know what we would do if we didn't have books."  They were 10 and 8 then.
 
2012-12-25 10:43:12 PM  

joeflood: On the downside, it contains only Harlequin Romance books.


I know you're just being a smartass, but honestly, whatever it takes to Interest kids in books is ok with me.
I spent one sick day in bed, 5th grade, reading about 12 Nancy Drew mysteries in a row.  My mom didn't complain because books are a malleable part of a child's life...the important thing is to get the knowledge that books are full of wonder and opportunity and amazing stories and beautiful facts into that child's sense of the world.
 
2012-12-25 10:45:58 PM  
This one is in my neighborhood.
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2012-12-25 11:14:13 PM  

granolasteak: Sliceablekitty: I have one of these in my yard.  I love the concept.

so many questions for you...
Did you buy the premade library setup?  How do of keep the books from getting cold-soaked if ou live somewhere cold?  Do parents ever whine about your selection?  Do you mark your books specially?  What was the initial layout for you, financially?  Do you have a way to keep squirrels, etc., from chewing on or taking the books?

I REALLY want to do this.  I have a feeling our plot (corner lot in a semi-rural neighborhood) might be a great place....and I love the idea of having my kids help with this as a community service project.  (My teens helped send an entire library to a small Alaskan village...my daughters were interviewed on the radio, and they said, and I quote, "Our house is just filled with books.  I don't know what we would do if we didn't have books."  They were 10 and 8 then.


I did buy the premade setup.  Don't - it's too expensive.  My friend's father made hers with plans from the Little Free Library website.  I live in WI so I have cold and snow.  The library is well-built and the books have been totally unaffected by the weather.  I have never had anyone complain about the selection, although admittedly it is always really diverse.  Lots of old library discards, which is fine - I've gotten some real gems that way.  I do remove religious pamphlets when someone feels the need to bomb the library with them.  That's just not what this is for.  Squirrels can't get in because the door closes and they just can't get inside.
It has been a lovely way to meet people.  I also raised funds to get one set up in front of the local food pantry, so that was cool too.  Ours tends to have better books in it though for whatever reason.
It has been fun, truly.  I'm so glad we did it.  We've had ours since February.
 
2012-12-26 01:36:34 AM  

CreamFilling: If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.


Came for the grammar nazi comment; leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-26 01:42:04 AM  

FTFA:

She said she asked one 8-year-old neighbor if she really intended to read a romance novel she had taken. The girl told her no, Holben said, but ran her finger over the words as if following the text. "I do this and I feel like I'm smart," the girl said.


Someone should start reading to that little girl, so she can actually become smart.
 
2012-12-26 02:16:29 AM  

granolasteak: joeflood: On the downside, it contains only Harlequin Romance books.

I know you're just being a smartass, but honestly, whatever it takes to Interest kids in books is ok with me.
I spent one sick day in bed, 5th grade, reading about 12 Nancy Drew mysteries in a row.  My mom didn't complain because books are a malleable part of a child's life...the important thing is to get the knowledge that books are full of wonder and opportunity and amazing stories and beautiful facts into that child's sense of the world.


Well put. (And great to see you, granolasteak!) Books were an incredible part of my childhood and I still carry one with me most of the time. Met my husband on a BBS, but we actually met IRL to give him some cherished books for his kids. So glad to read of people still sharing that incredible wealth of imagination.
 
2012-12-26 06:02:42 PM  
We have at least one here in La Crosse, and I think I might make one this winter.
 
2012-12-26 06:21:45 PM  

granolasteak: Sliceablekitty: I have one of these in my yard.  I love the concept.

so many questions for you...
Did you buy the premade library setup?  How do of keep the books from getting cold-soaked if ou live somewhere cold?  Do parents ever whine about your selection?  Do you mark your books specially?  What was the initial layout for you, financially?  Do you have a way to keep squirrels, etc., from chewing on or taking the books?

I REALLY want to do this.  I have a feeling our plot (corner lot in a semi-rural neighborhood) might be a great place....and I love the idea of having my kids help with this as a community service project.  (My teens helped send an entire library to a small Alaskan village...my daughters were interviewed on the radio, and they said, and I quote, "Our house is just filled with books.  I don't know what we would do if we didn't have books."  They were 10 and 8 then.


I would love to put one up...but I think my suburban HOA would have a fit :-(
 
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