“Neighbors and passersby along A Street in Petaluma can browse through an eclectic selection of books without visiting a yard sale or stepping into a library or bookstore. So can neighbors in Penngrove, Sebastopol, Forestville, Santa Rosa and hundreds of other towns throughout the country.
They’re inspired by a global literacy movement that started in Wisconsin in 2009 that requires no paperwork, library cards or currency, just an unspoken agreement. Want a book? Take one. Got too many? Leave one behind. But as so often happens, simple ideas have been derailed by critics. Officials in three cities — Los Angeles; Shreveport, La.; and Leawood, Kan. — received complaints about little libraries and were asked to investigate them as zoning code violations.” (via The Press Democrat)