"Books are engines of change,windows on the world, and (as a poet has said) “lighthouses erected in the sea of time.” They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print."
Thanks. I have already had a few books taken and one donation. I have also had a lovely note which reads "Great Idea. We love it! Our 4 children very excited about regularly swapping books at your special library. Hope lots of others make use of it too. Thank you"
I may also set up a Facebook page as you have and plan to incorporate a 'goodie box' for small toys and also a geocache in due course. Any suggestions you have will be most welcome.
Let me know when you set up your Facebook page so I can "like" it.
also a geocache in due course.
My husband built a shelf under my Little Free Library to use for geocaching. I joined the website, but now I have to take some time to learn how to set my own up. I hear that this helps increase foot traffic to LFLs so I'm going to give it a whirl.
As for the FB page I think I will wait until I have my charter number which may take some time as I am outside the USA. I must confess I find LFL a bit US centric for an organisation with world wide ambitions like BC, GC and LT.
I love that you did the geocache. I'm still debating how to go about doing one, although I'm a bit more serious now.
I did register on geocaching.com. I also had my husband build a "basement" for my LFL which is basically a shelf on which to place the geocache box.
I went yesterday to look for a geocache in my nearby park, but, alas, I couldn't find it.
Did you buy supplies from geocaching.com, or did you make your own? Did you buy a premium membership, or are you using their free basic membership?
I love the journal entry you got right away! I could certainly use this as a way to bring more individuals to my LFL. My LFL is a portal for the game Ingress.
Do you think I should use a larger geocache box which could hold more materials, or a smaller box which would seem to be more "hidden"? Did you put "swag" in your box, or do you consider your books to be the geocaching "swag"?
I think they recommend that you find at least 10 caches before you hide your own. Then I would either go for a smaller cache well hidden in the LFL or a large box under it with a numbered padlock that needs you to solve a puzzle to get the numbers to open it.
I am now a premium member of geocaching.com but I started off with the free membership to try it first. I have bought geocaching supplies but like BookCrossing it is not essential.
My LFL cache is basically a pencil case tucked up on a shelf under the roof and contains a small amount of 'bonus' swag. I have a 'goodie box' containing small toys and gifts anyone can swap on the bottom shelf with the children's books.
I must confess I find LFL a bit US centric for an organisation with world wide ambitions like BC, GC and LT.
What is GC?
I think LFL would also like to be more accepted and spread worldwide, but it is a relatively new organization and (to me, anyway) not as sophisticated as BC and LT, which have been around for a while. LT just celebrated its 10th anniversary. I've been a member of BC for 12 years!
I also think that LFL turns off many individuals (probably more in countries other than the USA) by requesting the fee to become a charter member. Both LT and BC have the option of free membership.
In addition and to my knowledge, LFL has not been including other languages in their marketing yet. I might be wrong about this, though.