Now that I don’t have to layer up too much, I’m out walking the dog again. It’s been fun to see the neighborhood anew, although I have to admit, it doesn’t seem as if much has changed in the last few months.
What has changed are the books in the Little Libraries. These are the little nooks that people have put up in their yards, encouraging folks to take a book or leave a book. We have a good number of them in the couple-of-mile radius around my house.
I almost never take a book from a Little Library, although occasionally I’ll take one out to flip through it a bit. I did take an Italian workbook once – no one had done any of the exercises – I work on it occasionally. I’ve taken a couple of kids books and then returned them to a different little library when I was done with them. But it’s fun to look.
I have a friend down on the parkway who takes the Little Library concept to a new level. She actually curates her collection, changing out titles to fit the season or upcoming holiday. Right now there are a bunch of Easter and Spring titles – she always has some good books for kids. She has also installed some little string lights in the box, although I’ve never seen it at night to know if it actually lights up. There is also a tin of dog treats (home made) in her little library and in the summer, a bowl of water underneath for passing dogs.
So it should have come as no surprise that there is a new addition to her library this week. A stick library for dogs – photo above. I couldn’t convince Guinevere to take a stick – she keeps quite busy sniffing while we walk to bother with a stick – although I suppose I could take a stick for her to play with once we get back to our yard. I did snap the photo and send it off to my friend with a little note of thanks.
I’m looking forward to this spring and summer to see what else becomes part of the Little Library landscape!
Have you ever taken a book from a Little Library? Left a book? Do you have a Little Library at your house?