I am now the proud owner of a Little Free Library and have been so enjoying it. It stands outside my house and locals have been stopping to look and take away a book to read.
They can either return the same book, or bring back a different book that they have finished with. The notice on its roof says ‘Take a Book, Leave a Book’.
It’s a fabulous form of recycling and sharing the pleasure of good books. I have tried to provide a mixture – a couple of detective novels, some non-fiction, a few children’s books, and some modern fiction. I’ve even left a couple of magazines. Someone left a DVD which soon went out again, and it has been intriguing to see how long particular books stay on the shelf. I was soooo delighted that two Jane Austens were amongst the very first books to be borrowed. I obviously live in an intelligent neighbourhood.
However, owning and maintaining such a library brings it own set of responsibilities. What do I do if somebody takes a book and leaves a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey in its place? I loathed the book and do not want it polluting my little library. Nor do I want biographies in it of people I dislike or for whom I feel no respect – Donald Trump, Mugabe and Shane Warne spring to mind. Yet I’d be fine about having a biography of Hitler or Stalin who were infinitely more evil, as reading about them is so interesting. Illogical? Maybe, but I guess we all draw our own lines differently. What books would you refuse to have on your bookshelf?
Have you been tempted to host your own Little Free Library? Do you borrow from one? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
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