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What do you think of Little Free Libraries! I think they are awesome and leave books in them with Bookcrossing IDs. I go every weekend to look for new ones.

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What do you think of Little Free Libraries! I think they are awesome and leave books in them with Bookcrossing IDs. I go every weekend to look for new ones.
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Bookcrossers have, in general, expressed a lot of appreciation for, and involvement with, LFLs. Here are just some of the previous posts that touch on the subject:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8820986

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/534007

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/531847/

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8713256
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I love them!
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but have had very few JEs. Story of my life. Most books left in them are either ones I don't want, or have read. But in one, I found about 4 X box games. I took them, since my grandson plays that. I think they might have been older games, but he seemed happy with them.

Just this fall, there was a big publicity thing where a group made a lot of boxes, and then placed them in different parts of the county. I have already been to some of them. Some, people seem to think it's just a trash box for old technical books like for Windows 7. Why not just throw those away?
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They become more and more popular over here. I always look them up before I go to a city I don't visit very often. Usually it is 'give a book - take a book ' so I have a replacement book with me (which always happens to be a BC book). I have had some JE's but they where from other BCers who understand the importance of them :-)
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There are some charming ones in my general area, some with really elaborate decorations, and often with caretakers who monitor the condition of the box *and* the books to keep things appealing. I don't get a lot of JEs from them, though there have been some, but I like them as auxiliary release-spots, especially in bad weather.
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There aren't any in my local area, but I know there are some in other parts of London...sigh! I do have Lewisham Micro Library (a phonebox library) though so I can't get too jealous!
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I found 2 more LFL today and released books in them.
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And so far there are 62 of them. The locations are even mapped.

https://lilliputlibraries.wordpress.com/

https://www.google.com/---/viewer?...

I have released a lot of books into them, and they disappear very quickly, but not much journaling success so far.
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These are great! First I've heard of them.
Wish we had some in Auckland.
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Wonderful, fun artwork on them.
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Wonderful, fun artwork on them.

Some of them are completely amazing! I saw one in the weekend that had a stained glass window on the front.
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But I'm buggered if I'm going to pay in order to give stuff away.
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Pay?

Pay what?
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RE: Pay?

Pay what?


You have to pay $40 in order to officially use the name Little Free Library and for inclusion on their official map.

I actually like the idea and would have no problems in making (or having my partner make one - he's a dab hand with anything involving wood) a suitable housing for the books.
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RE: RE: Pay?

Ah, I see. Yeah, if I made a library, I suppose I wouldn't register it.
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RE: RE: Pay?

I occasionally put books in one in Stirchley, Birmingham. I don't know whether it's a registered one or not.
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But I'm buggered if I'm going to pay in order to give stuff away.


While the LFL site encourages people to pay the registration fee (which both supports the site and puts registered LFLs on their map), it's not mandatory; there are quite a few LFLs in my general area that aren't listed on the LFL site. (Some of them I found via LibraryThing, which has its own "little libraries" section where its members can report any book-swap locations, from LFLs to OBCZs to not-affiliated-with-anything swap-shelves.) LFLs that were created by BCers may appear on the hunting pages as OBCZs; others are listed as release zones by whichever BookCrossers happened to leave books there first.

If you weren't referring to the registration fee but to the cost of constructing an LFL in the first place - well, yeah, the really nice ones can run into some change, whereas leaving books on park benches or random window ledges doesn't require an investment beyond the books themselves. Er, and the energy required to get around to the release locations... someday I should add up the mileage I go through to spread books to surrounding towns and states {wry grin}!
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If you weren't referring to the registration fee but to the cost of constructing an LFL in the first place - well, yeah, the really nice ones can run into some change

They can, but you could also make one from used and leftover materials, as I did. Of course, it's not everyone who has leftover wood and paint around...
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I'll definitely check those out to see if I missed any LFL around me. Thank you!
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If you weren't referring to the registration fee but to the cost of constructing an LFL in the first place - well, yeah, the really nice ones can run into some change


Yes, it was the registration fee I was talking about. Building one wouldn't be a problem as it's the sort of thing my partner likes doing.
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...I think they are good community builders. I've even had a good luck find...picked up a hardcover of "A Fine Balance" while in Toronto (I live in the country now) and there was $20 cash inside! I have no idea who left the money in the book....I guess it's finders keepers.
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...I think they are good community builders. I've even had a good luck find...picked up a hardcover of "A Fine Balance" while in Toronto (I live in the country now) and there was $20 cash inside! I have no idea who left the money in the book....I guess it's finders keepers.

Yay! Four months of BookCrossing wings!
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My bookcase is not registered as a LFL. But it works the same way and it is registered as an OBCZ.
I get almost no journal entries from the books I release there, but I do know that the neighbourhood appreciates them, people tell me that all the time. So I'll just keep on keeping on. As far as BookCrossing goes, it's a fairly easy way and it's fun and I'm still giving books away!
The funny thing is that so many people leave books of their own, that I'm getting more books, not less...

I'm glad that there are people who don't mind paying to give stuff away, by the way. Because otherwise, none of us would be here... and there wouldn't be a 'here' because there would be no BookCrossing. I bet LFL costs money to run, too.
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There aren't any official LFLs in this town, but a very nice local coffee shop has a "take one or leave one" bookshelf that people are using.

All our books, given away or kept, had to be acquired somehow, so we've all "paid to give stuff away" at some point if we've done any releasing :o)
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I love Little Free Libraries too. I've released books in about 12 different Little Free Libraries and have plans to release books in more of them in the future.
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Here's a rather cool LFL that's decorated to match the building that hosts it - a funeral parlor, yet:

https://flic.kr/---/PdLW2w

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Gorgeous building! And I wish I were in Manchester - I'd grab up that "Uncle Harry" book in a snap!
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The Library Comic site features a new series of library-themed comics, from the folks on the recently-ended Unshelved strip. This one and the next three strips all deal with Little Free Libraries - the fourth one includes "free wi-fi" and made me laugh!

http://librarycomic.com/---/17/
http://librarycomic.com/---/18/
http://librarycomic.com/---/19/
http://librarycomic.com/---/20/
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Mike doesn't seem to have quite gotten the point, does he?
:)
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Missed this earlier, but just subscribed to the comic!
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I think there might be three LFLs in Tasmania, but this was the only one (sort of) near my route. I left a BC book there and my mother, who was travelling with me, picked an exchange book to take with us in return.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14150037/
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Melbourne

There is a little library in Melbourne Central a shopping complex in the heart of the city. Actually it's not that little always a couple of hundred books here. Also one down in Karingal Hub in an outer bayside suburb of Melbourne
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...thanks to an automobile dealer in Bow, New Hampshire: they've installed LFLs in the service-area waiting rooms of their four separate franchises, all within a mile or two of each other. So of course I nipped up there and left some books in each one!

Grappone Ford: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/813779

Grappone Toyota: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/813781

Grappone Honda: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/813782

Grappone Hyundai: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/813778

Here's the Facebook post about the project:

https://www.facebook.com/---/10157508403405532
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Good for them!

That reminds me of this initiative in which I'm taking part:
https://barbershopbooks.org/
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Covert, great idea. Do they accept book donations for the barbershops?
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He accepts suggestions, but not necessarily books because he has very carefully selected the assortment he includes. They're chosen to be of particular interest to young African-American boys, since the whole point is to really grab their attention and get them to see reading as a fun thing to do.

Of course, any of us can always ask any barber if we might leave a book at their establishment! :)
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Gory, I absolutely love this idea! If I lived near by, I'd buy my next car from them.

: )
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I just read the notes from a community meeting that someone built 4 new LFL for our town, so I went to track one down last night -- it was so sad -- 3 boring books (Yes, I said it!) and nothing else. I guess that's what happens when an Eagle Scout takes on a project to put something up, but doesn't necessarily care about the book portion.

My community is good though. I'm sure once people figure out it is there, they'll contribute.
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My community is good though. I'm sure once people figure out it is there, they'll contribute.


Of course they will, and I'm sure you'll do your part! :-)
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Of course they will, and I'm sure you'll do your part! :-)


I returned two days later and the LFL was full! :)
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I returned two days later and the LFL was full! :)

Wonderful!
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earlier this month at four new to me Little Free Libraries near where I live... I plan trying to find a lot more local ones to release books at in the future!
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Ardachy puts lots of photos of these in his release notes. I have still got to learn how to do this! They are the same as LFL's and are situated in our UK old style red telephone kiosks which are mostly unused now due to mobile phones. There are several in Norfolk and Suffolk. I like to visit them as often as possible and to leave books there as well as select some. They are not registered as far as I know.
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Ardachy puts lots of photos of these in his release notes. I have still got to learn how to do this! They are the same as LFL's and are situated in our UK old style red telephone kiosks which are mostly unused now due to mobile phones. There are several in Norfolk and Suffolk. I like to visit them as often as possible and to leave books there as well as select some. They are not registered as far as I know.

Many of the red telephone boxes are listed here:
http://www.librarything.com/local_directory.php?...
Ardachy is one of the regular contributors if and when he comes across or is told of new ones :-)
We've several here in our area of North Yorkshire!
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2 LFLs!

Thanks to a very helpful BCer, I discovered 2 LFLs in my area! I plan to set one up myself in a restaurant, if the owner gives me permission. I will tell you how it goes! :)
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4 More!

I have my own LFL (7669) in the local environmental park inside the bird observation hut. They allowed me to place it there over 3 years ago, and it's gone well. I ran into the mayor of my town (Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA) and introduced myself. I'm not sure how we got to the subject, but I ended up telling him I thought that our local rail trail should have a LFL. A few weeks later he left a note on our door when he was going around town with the police chief meeting people. I called him back, and we revisited the LFL idea. He had read to a group of school children the week before and thought of me. Now it's about a month later and the rail trail maintenance guy is on board as well as the parks and recreation guy, and they're planning on placing FOUR LFL's on the trail near the trail heads! I volunteered my services are steward and bought the charter signs. I'm so excited and have been telling everyone about them. People often bring books to me and I haunt library book sales so I'm prepared to get them started. Did I mention that I'm excited?!? :-)

Like many other people have mentioned, I search the map before I take a trip to find LFL's. I've lost count, but I think I've been to about 30.
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Now it's about a month later and the rail trail maintenance guy is on board and well as the parks and recreation guy, and they're planning on placing FOUR LFL's on the trail near the trail heads!


That's awesome!
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RE: 4 More!

That's wonderful! Congrats to you and have a blast with them!
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Whenever I go back to my native town of Madison, Wisconsin, USA, I think I would like to put mine own up in Maine. LFLs began in Hudson, Wisconsin (just over the border from Minnesota), and there's no place on earth with more of them in Madison. We have a few in Maine now, but none here in Augusta. I've heard some cities have zoning objections to them, so I'd kind of like to see someone else be the first to try it here.
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I hope you can; I love finding LFLs! I've been to several in Maine, all near the southern seacoast - this one's a particular favorite, in York near the Nubble lighthouse:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14505261/

I'd like to have one in my town, come to that, but my property wouldn't be a good fit - no sidewalks, so the snowplow mounds in the winter don't leave any room for access. I should contact the local park authorities and see if they'd be up for one...
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this one's a particular favorite, in York near the Nubble lighthouse:http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14505261/


Hee hee - looks like that one's sprouted a new addition!
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Lodi, California on Easter Day and left another book at a LFL in Livermore, California this evening!
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when I was getting a lift home from work but was not able to stop. But...I am going to make my way back there and put some BC books in it. It was florally decorated and was sitting on the front wall of a garden.
I sooooo want one for my front garden but haven't yet found the right piece of furniture to adapt. One day.....
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in a village (Cambridgeshire?) as I was driving through. It also was filled with books. I 'had' to stop and check it out. No BC spine labels unfortunately, but I took a book to read. It now has a BC spine label, plus other labels. I was thrilled to spot this little library. (But it was not a LFL.)

Re spine labels: I have visited a number of NT properties and I always check out their second hand books. I have been scanning the shelves, but so far have not spotted any BC spine labels. I will keep looking.
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No BC spine labels unfortunately, but I took a book to read.

I've left lots of books in red telephone boxes around the UK, mostly in North Yorkshire these days, and Somerset in the past, but I don't use spine labels, so you only get to know they're BC-registered once you've taken them off the shelves and can see the front or back covers!

I use this website to check out possible red telephone box locations when I'm travelling:
http://www.librarything.com/local_directory.php?...
It shows 15 book exchanges in Cambridgeshire - although they won't all be telephone boxes and it's not necessarily up to date!
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National Trust (for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty)

It is a conservation organization in the UK.
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Pooker3, who some of you may know, has one of the oldest and she has books come and go almost daily. She puts BookCrossing labels in any books left in her LFL and labels anything she puts in.

The Winnipeg Public Library is very supportive of LFLs and has a map with all the ones they know of on their website. That is where I go when I'm looking to see where I might want to leave books. However, I discovered one right in my own neighbourhood (well I don't think it is an "official" LFL) which really tickled me. Just a week ago someone I used to work with stopped me to show me a picture of a LFL that his family put up.

So it is really taking off here.
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I just found out about a beautiful version of a Little Free Library in Newmarket, Ontario. It's called a Story Pod, and it's part of a new park that has been built to revitalise the community.

Here's the story about the park:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/---/article26635228/

And here are some pictures of the Story Pod:
http://www.akb.ca/story-pod/



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That's very cool indeed!
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StoryPod

That is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.
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These are photos with keyword "LittleFreeLibrary":

https://www.flickr.com/---/littlefreelibrary

Lots and lots of them, in an amazing variety of decors and shapes and locations.

For a more manageable subset, these are also tagged "BookCrossing":

https://www.flickr.com/search/?...
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I hate to say it but that would keep me far away!

Yeah, I'm not sure I'd want to get too close to that one either.
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- A troop of girl scouts I know, made a few LFL's and placed them in local parks or natural areas here in Traverse City, Michigan.

I recently found a book from a series I adore, by m.c. beaton, at a LFL at the state theater. Hooray.
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http://minibieb-zutphen.blogspot.nl/
I visited a few of them yesterday and they where still going strong.
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I had surgery right after it arrived and don't have it installed yet, but I'm really looking forward to it!
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I had surgery right after it arrived and don't have it installed yet, but I'm really looking forward to it!


What an awesome present! Hope you're on the mend and able to get it installed soon.
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Very cool! I hope it's inspiring you to recover quickly.
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It is in front of their church and looks just like it! I will definitely leave books there at every visit.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14626823
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Oh, I like that one.
I'm becoming addicted to these lovely little houses.
LOL, when we were in Finland with the camper last spring, we past many of those little houses, which I thought were LFL. As it turned out they were mailboxes which were covered with a little roof. Against the snowfall I think.
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It is in front of their church and looks just like it! I will definitely leave books there at every visit.

Oh, now that is adorable!
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The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah NY:

https://flic.kr/---/Wumtec

According to their web site they have two, one of them inside the Spanish Courtyard and the other on the Cedar Walk near the Sunken Garden; I couldn't see a way to get into the courtyard but enjoyed the walk to the garden, and was pleased to find the LFL there. They have sonic features on many of the walkways that chime or play interesting motifs when you pass by; definitely worth going out of my way to visit - even if it *didn't* have an LFL!
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There is one where I live in Rochester Michigan. It's outside the Funky Frog which is a children's resale shop. I dropped off a few there about a month ago, but no journal entries yet.
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There's a wonderful one in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico! I released 2 books in it today for the SSM I posted. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/824861
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After all this time without any LFLs in town - the second-largest city in the state, mind - it seems that they're making up for lost time {wry grin}. I darted around today to drop a book in each one; most are well-stocked already, though one was empty - possibly due to a naming confusion. (It's listed in the news items under the name of a completely different park in a different part of town - but presumably somebody will catch up on that soon.) I've volunteered to be a steward, which means I get to check up on one or more of them to be sure it's not vandalized or leaky or empty - that last one I can fix easily enough, and I do hope the other tasks aren't needed any time soon.

I admit I have mixed feelings about so MANY of them all at once - will this make me less likely to take advantage of the sidewalk/sculpture/scenic-setting releases in favor of keeping the LFLs active? Will see how that goes!
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Wow, 8 at once. That is a lot. But very cool as well. I wish I had one I could walk to, now that our weather has improved (first day of Spring today) I want to walk more and visiting a LFL would be a great incentive.
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Wow, 8 at once. That is a lot. But very cool as well. I wish I had one I could walk to, now that our weather has improved (first day of Spring today) I want to walk more and visiting a LFL would be a great incentive.


Re walking distance: oddly enough, the article about them discussed placement in "book deserts" - places without convenient access to libraries or bookstores - but at the same time pointed out that they're all within a mile of the city's public library. I know a mile isn't easy-walking-distance for some, but it's hardly unreachable, especially as there's regular - and sometimes free - public transit through the downtown area and close to several of the LFL locations. AND some of them are within blocks of thrift shops with decent book sections...

Still, it's nice to see more LFLs out there. And some of them may need regular maintenance - I dropped five books in the empty one, and by the time I made my last visit of the day, two of the first three books were gone. So somebody's checking them out! A new set of release challenges starts today so I plan to swing by again to see how things are going. May have to schedule a regular rotation so I can keep them on the hunting pages without having to hit all of them at the same time - not that I'm compulsive or anything!
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Book deserts?

...but within a mile of a library?!! As someone who personally can't reasonably walk a mile, I think that's insane. One mile is easily walkable for the vast majority of human beings.
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...but within a mile of a library?!! As someone who personally can't reasonably walk a mile, I think that's insane. One mile is easily walkable for the vast majority of human beings.


Yeah, I thought it was a little odd myself - there are more far-flung parks in town, where it would require a car to get to the nearest bookstore or library. But some of these are in the more disadvantaged parts of town, where people may rent rather than own property (our library requires a fee for library cards for people who are not property owners, as property taxes support it), and might appreciate having free books right in the neighborhoods. I hope so, anyway!
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Ah, perhaps that's the explanation. These may well be folks that truly need book access then -
May it go well.
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That is amazing news! I missed the article but will have to take a little trip to downtown Nashua. I drive through every day but rarely stop and my books have been piling up.
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so I checked if I would pass near any LFLs. Only one, even though I will be driving over 2,300kms. Even the one I go 'near' I will need to make a side trip off my route to another town. Not that many in Australia.
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with a local Ben And Jerry's. The manager told me that they used to have a program like that, but had to end it when they remodeled. She then told me to talk to the manager of a more spacious Ben And Jerry's in Old San Juan.
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An update:

with a local Ben And Jerry's. The manager told me that they used to have a program like that, but had to end it when they remodeled. She then told me to talk to the manager of a more spacious Ben And Jerry's in Old San Juan.

The manager was only able to talk to me on the phone the day I presented the idea to her, but yesterday I ran into her while grabbing a bite to eat from the Ben & Jerry's! She said that now that she thought it over, there were 2 spots in the shop we could place it :)
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In store

Would that be a Little Free Library or a Crossing Zone?
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In store

Would that be a Little Free Library or a Crossing Zone?
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The JE includes an explanation and photo:

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14561222/

I was on a south-shore release trip with eponine38, and we'd stopped by this Quincy MA LFL specifically because it was supposedly in the style of the birthplace of John Quincy Adams - but the actual LFL was just a box. The owner was on hand, though, and explained that he's still finishing the real one, and let us go see it in the workshop. I love it when people get inventive with the LFL designs - just hope it can withstand a New England winter!
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lfl

i think they are awesome. id love to have one, but i checked the price and it seems very expenseive
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Expensive?

Are you referring to the charge for registering one on the official site?

I can't imagine it would cost very much to build one and put it up, sans registration. That's what I would do, if I had an appropriate spot to put one.

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