Ms. Mirabile Goes to The Little Free Library!

Little Free Library on the bicycle trail

Little Free Library on the bicycle trail

It looks like a dollhouse on a stick.

This Little Free Library is dubbed “General Store.”  Pull the handle on the side and the wall opens to reveal a shelf of free books.


Such libraries have sprung up all over my neighborhood.  Some are excellent, others seem to be junk drop-offs.

The Little Free Library movement started in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin, when Todd Bol built a bookcase that looked like a a one-room schoolhouse. He put it in his yard with a sign that said “Free Book Exchange.”  The signs now say, “Take a book.  Leave a book.”

It caught on.  There are now 25,000  Little Free Libraries in the U.S. and in 40 other countries.   You can buy a kit from the website, or build your own.

IMG_3137We recently dropped off some books at the Little Free Library:  “good reading copies” of The Raj Quartet,  Nostromo, and The Ambassadors.

And today I dropped off more books.  Do you think anyone will want my old copies of  Emma, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Five Short Novels by Turgenev, or Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End?  (I’ve replaced them with nicer copies.)  Perhaps there’s hope for Emma and Parade’s End because of the BBC.

I doubt that the B.S. Johnson omnibus will go–I wasn’t wild about it myself–but someone may want Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum.

IMG_3148I don’t know if people want to read the classics.

Maybe people prefer the other books.  This is what was there.  Not much!


8 thoughts on “Ms. Mirabile Goes to The Little Free Library!

  1. If I was choosing, I would choose from your books! And I wish this would take off over here – I could supply quite a big one single handed (and that’s after donating four large boxes of books yesterday! 🙂


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