Someone recently brought the Little Free Library (http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/) to my attention, though I believe that I actually drove by one of these once somewhere in Vermont… I think that it’s such a WONDERFUL idea that I wanted to link over to their site on my blog.
Their missions it to promote literacy and love of books, build a sense of community, and to build more than 2,510 of these little libraries around the world! You can donate to the cause or build your own library to add to your home, school, or job.
You can also “like” them on Facebook to keep up with the goings on – https://www.facebook.com/LittleFreeLibrary
If anyone who stumbles across this page has one or knows of one, please feel free to share photos! I hope to one day have one of these as my own. I might not be able to ever be a “real-life” librarian, but there are still heaps of things that I (and you!) can do to support literacy and share books.
Cats and books (and book lovers!) have always just… gone together. How many times have you read a book with a cat nestled on your lap? Or your chest? Or, more likely, on the book? Kitties are the perfect reading companions – most definitely in the winter – and seem to even regularly find themselves in small bookshops and local libraries.
If, like me, you’re fascinated by these cats and love following them around the shop just as much as you enjoy browsing the merchandise, you might like to know WHERE you can find these cats. Iron Frog Productions has a website dedicated entirely to showing you where these cats are (and have been historically) around the world in their Library Cats Map!
The map is easy to browse by country and state (for those of us here in the US). Check it out and see if there are any near you!
Filed under Books, Cats, Library
Despite the fact that I’ve always wanted to be a librarian, I’ve never been a big fan of borrowing books from one. How come? For one, I really enjoy owning my books and always having them there on the shelf, knowing that I can revisit them at any time that I so desire. Also, it always seems that all of the books that I want from the library have been borrowed 10,000 times by the dirtiest, least book loving people imaginable. Between the torn pages, penciled in notes, and miscellaneous stains, I’m typically left vigorously rubbing hand sanitizer into my palms every five minutes.
HOWEVER, I am always trying to change my ways and grow as a person, so when a co-worker asked me to check out a local-to-the-office library that she likes, I was incredibly excited to do so. We visited The McAuliffe Branch of the Framingham Public Library, which is much smaller than the main branch (which, I will admit, I have yet to visit), but is absolutely wonderful inside! They have a good selection of books right there (you can also order books from any library in the Minuteman Network or borrow electronic versions to your Kindle) and all of the books that I looked at are – gasp – CLEAN!
I didn’t waste any time in getting my hands on a card of my own either. As soon as I got back to the office, I hopped online and put my name in on the list for The Buddha in the Attic and look forward to the call and/or e-mail notifying me that it’s in.
In short, I urge everyone to check out some library close to their home. Libraries seem to be doing a lot to get on board with the trend towards digital reading and, really, our communities need libraries to stay.
Do you have a favorite nearby library that you frequent?