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Are free libraries public hazards?

“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)

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Actor’s curbside library is a smash — for most people

Peter Cook used to make lots of trips to the Palms Library to donate books, but then he got a better idea. He’d seen little homemade lending libraries in yards here and there and decided to make his own.” I love working with wood and have a two-dollar theory that most actors have no control over their lives, so we search for things to do that we can control,” said Cook, who has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows under his stage name Peter Mackenzie.” I put in a redwood post and went to a local liquor store and got some wine crates and screwed them into the post, and I wanted them low enough so kids could look at the books,” Cook said.” (via LA Times)

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Library offers new way to share books

“The Montgomery County Library System soon will add a new offering to its usual items for check-out. Instead of just borrowing a book, selected county residents will be able to take a “Little Free Library” out on loan – and set it up in their neighborhood or in front of a business. Melissa Baker, library marketing and program coordinator, explained that Little Free Library is a movement started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in Wisconsin in 2009. Their vision was to create little boxes of books that would encourage the exchange of reading materials and foster a sense of community. The founders gained nonprofit status by 2012 – and have since inspired more than 15,000 Little Libraries to be raised in neighborhoods around the world.” (via Houston Chronicle)

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‘Closed to theft': All children’s books taken from ‘little free libraries’ in Davison front yard

“Residents in a cozy residential neighborhood off M-15 are trying to figure out why someone would take all the children’s books from two little free libraries off M-15 in Davison. 

Kim Carter said she left her Juniper Drive home around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 and came back a few hours later to discover the nearly 50 books in the library sitting on a bench in her front yard were all gone. “I was horrified,” said Carter, trying to grasp the thinking behind someone removing all the books. Typical users will borrow a book or keep one and it replace it with another read.” (via MLive.com)

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The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

When a 36-year-old bibliophile in Daegu, South Korea, sat down at his computer and googled the word “library,” he didn’t expect to find anything particularly noteworthy. But as DooSun You scrolled through the results, an appealingly anti-tech concept popped up. The Internet led him to Little Free Libraries—hand-built boxes where neighbors can trade novels, memoirs, comics, and cookbooks, and connect with each other in the process.” (via The Atlantic)

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‘Little Free Libraries’ legal in Leawood thanks to 9-year-old Spencer Collins

“Nine-year-old Spencer Collins will be able put his “Little Free Library” back in his front yard first thing in the morning. The Leawood City Council unanimously approved a temporary moratorium Monday night that exempts the little lending libraries from a city ordinance that prohibits structures in front yards. The moratorium, effective Tuesday, will last until Oct. 20. As soon as the moratorium passed, Mayor Peggy Dunn called Spencer to the front of the room to hand him a book for his library, an action that received applause from the audience.” (via The Kansas City Star)

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In NJ, little libraries with big results

“Resting on a post near the sidewalk on Tuxedo Road in Montclair is a miniature house, cobbled together from a wine crate, leftover construction shingles and other scrap materials. Behind the glass door are about 20 books of various genres arranged on a shelf. This is the Little Free Library, something of a community spot for meeting and reading, where no library card is needed and no late fees are charged. “It’s a very eclectic mix and it’s all community-driven,” says the library’s steward, Jon Bonesteel, of his revolving catalog. “Oftentimes, I’ll come home to find bags of books on my front porch that I can then cycle through the library, and they tend to go. It’s nice to see the turnover of the books.” (via NJ.com)

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Boy forced to remove Little Free Library from his yard in Kansas

“The idea of sharing his love of books with his neighbors was thrilling to 9-year-old Spencer Collins. So, with the help of his parents, he set up a Little Free Library in their yard in Leawood, Kansas. City authorities told the family to take it down. Little Free Libraries are a little like a dollhouse full of books: they sit on a pole or wall or fence, have two or three shelves and may include a protective glass door. An encouraging sign is posted — “Take a book, return a book” — prompting people who walk past to take a look and grab something to read. There are more than 10,000 Little Free Libraries set up around the world. Kits can be ordered online; Spencer Collins got one as a gift from his grandfather.” (via Los Angeles Times)

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Georgia promotes ‘Little Free Library’ as Kansas shuts one down

“As news about a little boy’s effort at creating a free library operation at his home in Kansas draws more attention, the child’s father has taken down the birdhouse-like structure after contacting the mayor, who said it violates city codes, since it isn’t attached to the family’s home. According to this June 19 Pitch post, the child’s simple effort to give other people in his community a nearby place to go to in order to borrow a book has turned into a nasty battle over city codes and whether a homeowner can erect a birdhouse-like structure in their front yard or not.” (via Examiner.com)

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The City of Dallas and Cheerios set out to build 50 mini-libraries

“All around Dallas, mini-libraries resembling large mailboxes or outdoor cabinets are popping up for residents to use. The concept is a simple one, need a book, take a book; have a book, leave a book. The literacy effort, called Libros Libres or Little Free Libraries, is organized by the Wisconsin nonprofit that carries the same name, Big Thought, bcWORKSHOP and the Dallas Public Library. Cheerios is also a significant donor and sponsor.” (via UPI.com)

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