You’ve seen them around most towns. Those home-made book exchange boxes or cupboards (usually colourful and funky) that folks place in front of homes, schools, and businesses. The simple concept is, take a book, and return a book. Some cities even have an interactive Google Map of where you might find a Free Library in your neighbourhood.
This is an opportunity for neighbours and strangers to meet, and share a book, ideas or at least a conversation. As yet, I haven’t met anyone at my Free Library which is just a few streets away from my home.
Amazingly – this ‘feel good’ project has developed into controversy in some places where detractors think these libraries are violating city building codes. As well, some librarians expressed concern that readers wouldn’t attend regular libraries if they had access to a tiny one close by.
I love my Little Free Library!
This week I had an amazing experience. I picked up two novels that made me smile.
- Home Safe – by Elizabeth Berg (1999)
Now, I’m a big fan of this author. I’ve read some of her novels. She reminds me that authentic dialogue is the way to go. Her characters are real, troubled and fascinating. Sometimes I have to re-read a paragraph because it is written so well. I inhaled this novel. Elizabeth Berg writes slice-of-life, riveting fiction.
- The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder – by Rebecca Wells (2009)
Oh yeah! This author wrote, Little Altars Everywhere, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Ya-Yas in Bloom. When I read her work, I’m reminded that quirky, eccentric characters are mesmerizing. As an author, I want to relax enough to enter into that free fall, creative zone and unearth my own bizarre people. I’m looking forward to diving into this book.
So, I picked up these books and then I’ve spent the rest of the week pondering:
- Who owned these books?
- Did one person bring both books?
- Did the person donating actually read these books? Or were they just cleaning up someone else’s book shelves?
I’m curious about where the books came from? I think I might like this person.
Do you have a Little Free Library close to where you live?