|Take a book, return a book ... a simple guiding premise.|
I had just bought the November Monocle, the bookish and dense global briefing on international affairs and culture, from my favorite magazine shop, Issues, where they were holding a copy for me. As I walked back to retrieve my car that was parked less than 50 yards away, I came upon a small, colorful structure that resembled a miniature one-room school house.
A closer look revealed something totally unexpected to me. What I saw was a Little Free Library in front of the residence at 38 Glen Avenue, just off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
The noted Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar and writer Cicero once opined: "To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul."
Although I'm not sure if this is what Cicero had in mind, after seeing this lovely and quaint rainbow-colored Little Free Library, built with repurposed wood and other materials, and filled with a few choice books and periodicals leaning against an interior wall, it left me wondering if this was the start of something new or a part of a larger movement.
So, I decided to find out more about Little Free Libraries.
|Open morning, noon and night.|
Other names for these little free libraries include: community book exchanges, book trading posts, pop-up libraries, and Noox (Neighbourhood bOOk eXchange). Anything that encourages people to read more is a good thing. Fostering a sense of community, reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the world adds up to a tremendous mission with a wonderful sense of purpose.
|A friendly site in wintertime.|
The bottom line to this great community -- and worldwide concept -- is simple: Take a book, return a book ... as the sign says.
Oh, to have a hungry mind and to be able to nurture it!
To learn more about Little Free Libraries or to order a library, go to http://www.littlefreelibrary.org.
Top photograph by Michael Dickens, copyright 2013.
Other photographs courtesy of Google Images.