My Very Own Books Box
As soon as I heard about Little Free Libraries, I knew I wanted to make my own.
What a great idea! A public library, right on your own street, that’s always open, and always free. It nurtures a sort of social reading network, where you get to meet the books that live in your neighborhood, and the people who read them.
|One of the More Upscale Models Around Town|
My little Books Box started when we moved to our new apartment in South Park, San Diego.
After we moved in, we had boxes of books I needed to unpack. Books I loved, but knew I would never read again. So out they went. I put them in a cardboard box near the curb that said “free books”.
Over the next few days, I delighted in hearing people rifle through the box and carry off one of my old, well read books. And then they were all gone.
We went for a walk around our neighbohrood one afternoon, and we came across a Little Free Library. It was painted the same color as the house it stood in front of. And it was filled with a fantastic bouquet of books!
I chose a book and we went back home. Over the next few days I found more books around my house that I didn’t want to read, including the one I had grabbed from my neighbor’s library!
I painted it to look pretty and I put it on the fence outside with some books in it. On the top, it says: Books Box. Read. Return. Repeat.
Already, the Books Box has been a real success. We live on a street with high foot traffic, so we are always finding new books in there. It’s like having a bookstore right in front of our house! I find myself reading more so I can finish a book and return it to the library for someone else. I even put some old CDs and magazines in there.
|My Finished Books Box and its First Inhabitants|
Through an open window, I hear people commenting on a daily basis.
Oh, how cool!
Hey! It’s one of those free libraries!
They have these all around town!
I smile and pick up my latest Books Box find.
Read. Return. Repeat.