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2014-04-28 12:49:50 AM  
images.tvrage.com
 
2014-04-28 12:50:38 AM  
AKA: How to get rid of all those goddamn old books.
 
2014-04-28 12:51:54 AM  
So basically it's every local coffeeshop ever.
 
2014-04-28 12:52:47 AM  
YAY!????
 
2014-04-28 12:55:57 AM  
I have more ebooks in my library than most libraries have on their shelves.
 
2014-04-28 12:57:23 AM  
fta "It's the first thing I've ever built," Kanaris said

'Things', plural, really. A tiny library, and a community. Nice work.
 
2014-04-28 12:57:56 AM  
Cool idea. I wouldn't mind putting one in my neighborhood, but it would end up filled with Glenn Beck books and 47 copies of the bible.
 
2014-04-28 12:59:31 AM  
How many newspapers are in these libraries?

All of 'em Katie.
 
2014-04-28 01:01:03 AM  
Little Free Libraries are popping up everywhere around here. I think it is a fantastic idea (as long as there are no community rules against it).

Also, couch portal!

/If you know what that means, you know what that means.
 
2014-04-28 01:04:10 AM  
Some helicopter parent is going to find her kid's porn mag and when she asks where he got that smut he'll lie and say he got it out of one of the little community library boxes and that will be the end of an otherwise awesome program.

/pessimist
 
2014-04-28 01:08:19 AM  
What is this.. A LIBRARY FOR ANTS?!
 
2014-04-28 01:08:29 AM  

geek_mars: Some helicopter parent is going to find her kid's porn mag and when she asks where he got that smut he'll lie and say he got it out of one of the little community library boxes and that will be the end of an otherwise awesome program.

/pessimist


I can see the Fox News tease now... "Godless liberals pushing pornography on children... is it happening in YOUR neighborhood? And just how is Obama involved?"
 
2014-04-28 01:09:22 AM  
In Turnagain, Cindy Pendleton has one rule, and its called the "three 'P's," she said. "No politics, no preaching, no porn."


Welcome to notFark
 
2014-04-28 01:11:06 AM  

SpdrJay: I have more ebooks in my library than most libraries have on their shelves.


Almost 600 on my e-reader, and another 100 or from Project Gutenberg filed on my computer, just waiting for me to clear some room on my e-reader (it gets bogged down whenever I get over 600 titles on it). I just love Project Gutenberg. Free books!
 
2014-04-28 01:13:10 AM  
We built a little lending library in the breakroom where I work and it basicly became a dumping ground for all the unwanted books people had.  I don't know if anyone ever reads them though.
 
2014-04-28 01:13:58 AM  
Is it deep fried?

On a more serious note, the idea is quaint but useless to anyone who looks isn't looking for just a random book, not to mention clearly inferior in just about every way (except ability to steal books) to an actual library.

In any event, as with music/movies, technology, in the form of ebooks and ever-cheaper and more convenient readers, is slowly making libraries unnecessary.
 
2014-04-28 01:14:38 AM  
What's a library?
 
2014-04-28 01:15:02 AM  
is it 2010 again?

someone should warn the Gulf Coast about BP Oil.
 
2014-04-28 01:15:13 AM  
static.giantbomb.com
 
2014-04-28 01:15:37 AM  
Having grown up in Anchorage I can't help but wonder how practical this would be in the winter.  How many people are going to walk to your little library in near or below zero temperatures to get books? Plus winters are REALLY dark.  You'd have to have lights in the library just so people can see what they're getting.
 
2014-04-28 01:18:40 AM  
Looks like they'd be great to set on fire.
 
2014-04-28 01:25:16 AM  

Ambivalence: Having grown up in Anchorage I can't help but wonder how practical this would be in the winter.  How many people are going to walk to your little library in near or below zero temperatures to get books? Plus winters are REALLY dark.  You'd have to have lights in the library just so people can see what they're getting.


They are probably mostly located on highly-traveled pathways, so it isn't a specific trip to the "library". Also, stop growing up in Anchorage. Who the hell does that? Dark and cold = eskimo vampires, man. Jesus, everyone knows that.
 
2014-04-28 01:27:55 AM  
bookriotcom.c.presscdn.com
 
2014-04-28 01:28:59 AM  

discgolfguru: They are probably mostly located on highly-traveled pathways, so it isn't a specific trip to the "library". Also, stop growing up in Anchorage. Who the hell does that? Dark and cold = eskimo vampires, man. Jesus, everyone knows that.


Hey, I left for a reason. But I'm not so old that I don't remember what it's like. 3 months of awesome surrounded by 9 months of "WHERE'S THE FARKING SUN???"
 
2014-04-28 01:33:31 AM  

Ambivalence: discgolfguru: They are probably mostly located on highly-traveled pathways, so it isn't a specific trip to the "library". Also, stop growing up in Anchorage. Who the hell does that? Dark and cold = eskimo vampires, man. Jesus, everyone knows that.

Hey, I left for a reason. But I'm not so old that I don't remember what it's like. 3 months of awesome surrounded by 9 months of "WHERE'S THE FARKING SUN???"


My mom grew up in Alaska. She used to say they didn't have "snow days" in school, but would cancel when the temp dropped to negative eleventy billion or whatever the number was. She called Alaska "depression wrapped in beauty", but she's a bit of a weirdo.
 
2014-04-28 01:39:43 AM  
*scans headline*

magnoliaforever.files.wordpress.com

"Nicely done, subby."
 
2014-04-28 01:45:17 AM  
These things have been around for a while here in PDX.

SpiderJay:I have more ebooks in my library than most libraries have on their shelves.

Granted, but there's a shiatton of old books that haven't been digitized yet because they're still under copyright, or the  copyright is unclear, or no one's spent the time/money yet, and libraries often have or can get copies of them.


 
2014-04-28 01:45:27 AM  
I love this program. There's one in the park I walk through when I walk to work, and I always make a point to stop and see what's in it. I really enjoy how truly random it is, and I've snagged some good reads out of it. I drop books in it too, and it always cracks me up to see a book I dropped in there, maybe months ago, show back up, and then be gone again the next day.
 
2014-04-28 02:04:36 AM  
There are quite a few of those in Oakland. There's one a few blocks from my home. I contribute books from time to time. It's nifty.
 
2014-04-28 02:15:08 AM  
Sharing information, building community, no profit expection?  Sounds like SOCIALISM!
 
2014-04-28 02:21:43 AM  

spamdog: Looks like they'd be great to set on fire.


Know who else liked burning books?
 
2014-04-28 02:29:50 AM  

chitownmike: spamdog: Looks like they'd be great to set on fire.

Know who else liked burning books?


Guy Montag?  (At first, anyway ...)
 
2014-04-28 02:32:51 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: chitownmike: spamdog: Looks like they'd be great to set on fire.

Know who else liked burning books?

Guy Montag?  (At first, anyway ...)


Well played
 
2014-04-28 02:54:57 AM  

PolyHatSnake: I love this program. There's one in the park I walk through when I walk to work, and I always make a point to stop and see what's in it. I really enjoy how truly random it is, and I've snagged some good reads out of it. I drop books in it too, and it always cracks me up to see a book I dropped in there, maybe months ago, show back up, and then be gone again the next day.


I'm adopting a local park, and that's third on the to do list. Half the park is on a fairly busy street. Figure I'll put it there and hopefully the visibility will keep shenanigans to a minimum.
 
2014-04-28 03:50:50 AM  
does it broil? or brible?

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-04-28 04:04:54 AM  
There are three of these now within walking distance of my house (four if you're willing to hike a bit), and yes, it's fun to see what turns up in them. I've donated books as well, some have been snapped up right away, a couple are still there months later, which is sad.

One suggestion for anyone planning one: One of "mine" is in a cul-de-sac well off the main drag, and thus doesn't see much turn-over in stock. If possible, pick a spot that gets some traffic.
 
2014-04-28 04:33:50 AM  

discgolfguru: Ambivalence: discgolfguru: They are probably mostly located on highly-traveled pathways, so it isn't a specific trip to the "library". Also, stop growing up in Anchorage. Who the hell does that? Dark and cold = eskimo vampires, man. Jesus, everyone knows that.

Hey, I left for a reason. But I'm not so old that I don't remember what it's like. 3 months of awesome surrounded by 9 months of "WHERE'S THE FARKING SUN???"

My mom grew up in Alaska. She used to say they didn't have "snow days" in school, but would cancel when the temp dropped to negative eleventy billion or whatever the number was. She called Alaska "depression wrapped in beauty", but she's a bit of a weirdo.


A rule of thumb I figured out working in NT Australia in my early 20's. A mine, 300 miles north of Alice and 600 miles south of Darwin. And all the permanent workers were misfits who couldn't cope with the real world - needed the womb of the company town, barracks, mess hall.

The 'slightly odd' people percolate to the fringes
 
2014-04-28 05:10:44 AM  

Ambivalence: We built a little lending library in the breakroom where I work and it basicly became a dumping ground for all the unwanted books people had.  I don't know if anyone ever reads them though.


No one read ours, at least after a while, so a couple people took the initiative in clearing it out. Then other people got pissy because "their" books got given away. The only winning move is not to play.
 
2014-04-28 05:46:14 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: chitownmike: spamdog: Looks like they'd be great to set on fire.

Know who else liked burning books?

Guy Montag?  (At first, anyway ...)


Golf clap.
 
2014-04-28 06:16:01 AM  

mjjt: discgolfguru: Ambivalence: discgolfguru: They are probably mostly located on highly-traveled pathways, so it isn't a specific trip to the "library". Also, stop growing up in Anchorage. Who the hell does that? Dark and cold = eskimo vampires, man. Jesus, everyone knows that.

Hey, I left for a reason. But I'm not so old that I don't remember what it's like. 3 months of awesome surrounded by 9 months of "WHERE'S THE FARKING SUN???"

My mom grew up in Alaska. She used to say they didn't have "snow days" in school, but would cancel when the temp dropped to negative eleventy billion or whatever the number was. She called Alaska "depression wrapped in beauty", but she's a bit of a weirdo.

A rule of thumb I figured out working in NT Australia in my early 20's. A mine, 300 miles north of Alice and 600 miles south of Darwin. And all the permanent workers were misfits who couldn't cope with the real world - needed the womb of the company town, barracks, mess hall.

The 'slightly odd' people percolate to the fringes


So did you get a kick out of Red Dog?
 
2014-04-28 07:04:32 AM  

spamdog: Looks like they'd be great to set on fire.


Yep. Those are fire starting materials to the homeless.
/in case of emergency break glass

And every kid with a Kindle is wondering what insane person put that there or who would even use it.
 
2014-04-28 07:14:56 AM  

Iczer:


I came here for THIS and only this. Very glad to see it covered. Good job.
 
2014-04-28 07:23:13 AM  
Oh onna stick eh?  Sounds nice, could be good, but what the public really wants in a library inna bun.
 
2014-04-28 07:25:12 AM  

discgolfguru: Cool idea. I wouldn't mind putting one in my neighborhood, but it would end up filled with Glenn Beck books and 47 copies of the bible.


The laundry room at my old apartment building had a book share/swap, with space for about 100 books.  It went well for years, then one day all the books were gone, and someone left their entire collection of ancient VHS tapes.
 
2014-04-28 07:37:43 AM  

Emposter: Is it deep fried?

On a more serious note, the idea is quaint but useless to anyone who looks isn't looking for just a random book, not to mention clearly inferior in just about every way (except ability to steal books) to an actual library.

In any event, as with music/movies, technology, in the form of ebooks and ever-cheaper and more convenient readers, is slowly making libraries unnecessary.


Not true! You have to buy ebooks and audiobooks... unless (wait for it) you borrow them from the library. Overdrive is the best :)
 
2014-04-28 08:03:19 AM  
"Ours is really loosey-goosey. It's free flowing."

TMI
 
2014-04-28 08:29:53 AM  

Ambivalence: Having grown up in Anchorage I can't help but wonder how practical this would be in the winter.  How many people are going to walk to your little library in near or below zero temperatures to get books? Plus winters are REALLY dark.  You'd have to have lights in the library just so people can see what they're getting.


I would imagine the boring, long winter is the perfect season for a lot of reading, and we now have this new invention called the flashlight.

nytmare: Ambivalence: We built a little lending library in the breakroom where I work and it basicly became a dumping ground for all the unwanted books people had.  I don't know if anyone ever reads them though.

No one read ours, at least after a while, so a couple people took the initiative in clearing it out. Then other people got pissy because "their" books got given away. The only winning move is not to play.


I'm thinking, have someone declared book steward.  That person can put a piece of tape on the books that would have to be broken in order to read the book, with a date on the tape.  If enough time goes by, pitch the unread books.  Anyone getting pissy, tell them, "You didn't want the job, so shut up."

We of course have the regular libraries, but what I find interesting is the used paper book stores.  The one closest to me, barely has any books that are not the cheap romance novels.  The one near my work in a richer town, is packed to gills with a very wide range of books.  I find more interesting selection of books in that latter store than I do in the library.  I think it speaks volumes about the two towns, as in, guess which town is considered to have better schools?
 
2014-04-28 08:57:13 AM  
what flavors is it?
 
2014-04-28 09:31:04 AM  

prjindigo: what flavors is it?


Well, it depends on the book.  Romance tends to be a little spicy, fiction usually taste like something unreal, and political, well you have to really have a taste for foul pungent taste of political to pick one of those up.
 
2014-04-28 09:49:24 AM  

UndeadPoetsSociety: These things have been around for a while here in PDX.

SpiderJay:I have more ebooks in my library than most libraries have on their shelves.

Granted, but there's a shiatton of old books that haven't been digitized yet because they're still under copyright, or the  copyright is unclear, or no one's spent the time/money yet, and libraries often have or can get copies of them.


THIS. I have been searching for a copy of Pulitzer Prize winning "Years of Grace" by Margaret Ayer Barnes but the last published copy was back in the 1970's and is going for an exorbitant price on eBay/Amazon. My local library also doesn't have a copy.
 
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