“20th Century Fox and Little Free Libraries today announced a nationwide partnership to promote the Studio’s new motion picture THE BOOK THIEF. “So Little Free Library stewards have been especially glad to have something as beloved as The Book Thief as a part of the treasures their neighbors can find on their daily walks” This is the first time Little Free Libraries, with over 12,000 locations (and counting), has partnered with a major motion picture company. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and newcomer Sophie Nélisse, THE BOOK THIEF opens exclusive engagements today (Friday) before arriving in theaters everywhere later this month.” (via Business Wire)
“THE EMERGENCE of the “Little Free Library” demonstrates not just the agility of individuals, but the stiff-jointed hoariness of government. Even as public libraries and their advocates bemoan their increasing irrelevance in a digital culture, they seem impotent to stop it. Succumbing to the perceived need to offer e-books, many offer online borrowing, contributing to their own demise by becoming the worst kind of middleman: one dependent on taxpayer dollars. In doing so, they abandon their foundation, and perhaps eventual savior — the physical book.” (via The Boston Globe)
“Left without a library, the Parkside neighborhood has taken matters into its own hands. In a few months, 10 wooden stands will be placed in front of homes and businesses. The “little libraries” will be filled with books that passers-by can take and return as they please. No library cards, registration or fees required. “We’re trying to create that third space, not home, not work, where neighbors congregate and interact,” said Ben Johnson, executive director of the Parkside Community Association.”
via The Buffalo News
“When the Whitefish Bay Village Board decided not to allow Little Free Libraries on front lawns, a number of concerns were raised about vandalism, size regulations and a potential for the devices to turn into vessels for propaganda. Although the majority of Patch readers voted that the Whitefish Bay board should’ve allowed Little Free Libraries, it appears at least one of the Whitefish Bay board’s concerns has come true in South Milwaukee, where a Little Free Library has been filled with pamphlets spreading religious-based fear.”
“Last Sunday, I wrote about the Little Free Library idea. One week later, that oh-so-cute and clever concept — a little public bookshelf that can be placed on street corners or in yards — has caught on in a big way. “I’ve been on the phone ever since,” said Bob Cheshier, president of a local nonprofit, Third World Books, who is heading what’s become an impromptu movement to put more of them near Cleveland schools.
During a week when Hurricane Sandy was whipping up on us with rain and wind, Cheshier heard from a deluge of people eager to see more of the mini-libraries placed where Cleveland kids can use them.”
“…[A]s little libraries have grown in popularity, they’ve come to the attention of city bureaucrats. And as “Metamorphosis” author Franz Kafka might suggest, bureaucracy can suffocate just the kind of human inspiration that results in little libraries. The problem is that most of Madison’s LLs are technically illegal. With dozens already installed and serving readers, the city has only recently realized that they don’t really fit under any of its existing codes.”
“Imagine a library with no late fines, quiet rules or closing hours. You’ll find one about the size of a large birdhouse atop a pole in Margaret Gulick’s backyard. Painted green with miniature gnomes, the weatherproof, shingled wooden structure stands about 6 feet tall on the edge of her lawn, at the intersection of Sterling Avenue and Navajo Trail. Known as a Little Free Library, the free book exchange is part of a worldwide grassroots movement to promote literacy.”
via The Journal News
“Jonathan Beggs wanted an easy way for his neighbors to share books. Using odds and ends of fiberboard and Douglas fir, the retired building contractor fashioned a hutch the size of a dollhouse. He gave it a pitched cedar-shingle roof capped with copper. The door, trimmed in bright red, opens to three shelves filled with books by Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Hillerman, James Michener and others. Below hangs a sign: “Take a book or bring a book or both.” In the half a year that Beggs’ Little Free Library has perched on a post in front of his Sherman Oaks home, it has evolved into much more than a book exchange. It has turned strangers into friends and a sometimes impersonal neighborhood into a community. It has become a mini-town square, where people gather to discuss Sherlock Holmes, sustainability and genealogy.”
via LA Times.