Monday, December 17, 2012

Little Free Library

This morning, while on a walk, I spotted a Little Free Library. Kind of looks like an over-sized bird house, but instead of birds, it's filled with books. 


As a self-proclaimed bookwork who grew up in the Library, I was instantly intrigued. Books were my escape from a somewhat bleak childhood. I also grew up in a small town, and if it were not for our schools library ... I don't want to imagine how many pages I could have gotten through of Merriam-Webster's.

 "Hundreds of small communities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the other 48 states are without public libraries. Now we have a solution to help bring free book exchanges to all those small towns - and you  can help! 

The idea is to promote literacy and community-building by supporting book exchanges specifically in smaller communities that do not have their own public library."


More on the Little Library movement from their website,
 
 "If this were just about providing free books on a shelf, the whole idea might disappear after a few months.  There is something about the Little Library itself that people seem to know carries a lot more meaning.  Maybe they know that this isn't just a matter of advertising or distributing products. The unique, personal touch seems to matter, as does the understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books.  Leaving notes or bookmarks, having one-of-a-kind artwork on the Library or constantly re-stocking it with different and interesting books can make all the difference.  These aren't just any old books!"


I would love to build my own Little Free Library! What a great project and idea.  I have a small stack of books waiting by the front door to take with me tomorrow morning. The motto is, "Take a book, Give a Book."


Of course, these two could not understand what all the fuss was about. 


"Is there bacon in it?"


Only at Trader Joes. I didn't try the Pita Bite's, much to Mr. T's pity, but I did try some new Pretzel Slims to have with my blueberry goat cheese! 


And this little bar of dark chocolate goodness is waiting for me, as soon as I get back from the gym. Nothing motivates this former fatty like some food!
 

And maybe those ever-elusive washboard abs ...

What was the last book you read? 
I just finished reading The Ruins of Lace, by Iris Anthony. Did you know that lace was once forbidden, much like liquor during the Prohibition? This is a great story about different people from different walks of life, and how their stories all become entangled over this forbidden lace that the rich will do anything to have.

What book do recommend for a Fantasy/Romance/Sci-Fi junkie like myself?
I think everyone should read Ender's Game and A Wrinkle in Time, They're two stories I never grow tired of.

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  1. Those last two are two of my all-time favorite books ever! They're making an Enders Game movie, ya know, with Harrison Ford.

    I tend to read more paranormal romance these days: Sookie Stackhouse series, Blue Bloods series, some Steampunk. I liked The Host although it needed serious editing -- easily a third was just filler. But waaaay better than Twilght.

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    1. I love the book so much though, I don't think I could ever see the movie. I have yet to see ANY of the Harry Potter movies.

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  2. The little free library is a really awesome idea..hope I see some of those pop up in my area soon!

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  3. The Little Free Library is really a great idea! The last book I read was The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan. It was a really great story. I'm a huge fan of fantasy novels as well. I never get tired of books like Harry Potter, the Inheritance trilogy, His Dark Materials trilogy, etc. I will have to check out The Ender's Game. Its been a very long time since I have read A Wrinkle in Time, but it was excellent! I'm glad to know other value reading as much as I do. I grew up in a rural area, and reading was one of the easiest and cheapest forms of entertainment through my childhood as well.

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    1. The Inheritance Trilogy, I must read it! I'm a huge fan of His Dark Materials. Girl, you will LOVE Ender's Game.

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    2. Awesome! That will be next on my list!

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  4. I don't believe it that you were a former fatty. Do you have an inspirational weightloss story to tell?

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    1. A few photos exist, they're not digital, I could probably upload them. But, they just take me to a place I don't want to go back to. Unlike some people that are inspired by their weight loss, I had to move completely on and leave it behind me.

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  5. I grew up with a book constantly in my hand too! I'm kinda between books right now. I'm going to see my sister over the holidays and I've read Anna Karenina and she's read Les Miserables and we both want to see both those movies so we've committed to seeing and then reading them in the new year. Should be fun!

    As far as Fantasy/Sci Fi recommendations, I reread the Belgariad and Mallorean every holiday season. I have for years. They are perfection. ;)

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    1. I heard Les Miserables was really hard to get through, true?

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    2. In English or in French? Anna Karenina was a slog in Russian. JOKING! Les Mis is the one I haven't read so I really, really hope it isn't too hard. I've even considered audiobooking it which I rarely do. What's your opinion on audio books?

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  6. i'm completely obsessed with the hunger games series, so i guess fantasy lol?

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  7. Wow! I just finished reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It's not like his usually horror. It has a little sic-fi/fantasy (i.e. time travel) and a love story. It will have you hooked for days! Could not put it down. :)

    Loving the little library idea and the abs! Keep it up!

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    1. Hmm, I've never read anything Steven Kind, horror isn't my thing, but I may have to check this one out. Thanks!

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  8. The Little Free Library is so cool! Never heard of that before, but I love it.

    Although it's not sci-fi/romance/fantasy, you might like The Book Thief. It's set in 1939 Nazi Germany, so it's a wartime plot, but it's also a very compelling read about the power of books in the main character's life.

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    1. Such a tragic but compelling era of History, it sounds like my kind of story!

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  9. I had a goal of reading a book a month and it's been awesome! Books rangd from Sacred Marriage (I'm a newly wed-ish), to Born to Run (AMAZING!), Crazy Love (Christian Book), to Gone Girl (could have done without!) If you join GoodReads its a great way to keep up with books you want to read, have read, and can get good reviews!

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    1. I loved Born to Run, too! I'm checking out GoodReads, thanks!

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  10. If you like the Hunger Games try Insurgent and Divergent, I can't wait for the final book of the trilogy to come out. I also just read the first two books of The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin and they are a little mix of sci-fi, monsters and post-apocalypse, different then my usual picks but so good! I also just joined GoodReads and it's an awesome site for book lovers.

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    1. I agree, if you liked Hunger games, you should definitely realy Insurgent and Divergent. I am sad that the third book doesn't come out until next fall!

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    2. Was just going to suggest the same-- love those books! I'm also kinda liking the Mortal Instruments series. It's 6 books but the sixth one doesn't come out until spring, 2014. But, they're fun books also!

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  11. I have a friend that has a little library thing:) Such an awesome thing!
    I'm currently reading Harry Potter. Hahahaha!

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    1. It NEVER gets old! Do you have a favorite?

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  13. I am currently reading The City of Ember with my students. So far, they really seem to like it, and they are a very tough crowd to please. Many read at a grade school level, so I am reading it to them and they are trying to follow along. We are all happy with it and I often find myself wanting to give in to their requests to put off math a bit longer so that we can finish a chapter.

    Due to my kids and my students, I am spending a lot more time reading YA lit. I am finding it quite enjoyable and so much better than the books of my youth - Sweet Valley High!

    I second the recommendation for Stephen King. Some of his stuff you can steer clear of if you don't like horror, but some of it doesn't fall in that category alone. The Stand is one of the best books I've read. Watchers by Dean Koontz is good, particularly as you like dogs.

    In light of the events on Friday, one book that I have recommended over and over to people and find myself now recommending it again is Are You There Alone by Suzanne O'Malley. It is an in depth examination into Andrea Yates and the mishandling of her mental illness. It is eye opening for anyone who hasn't had first hand experience trying to get help for a loved one suffering from severe mental illness.

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  14. If you like sci-fi, I would recommend Douglas Coupland, he is my favourite Canadian author...Girlfriend in a coma is fantastic!

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  15. I love the little free libraries popping up everywhere. I just read an article in a local paper (NJ) about a couple whose property was at a bus stop, so they put one up with books grade school kids would like to read. Such a great idea. I love books!

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  16. A former fatty you not possible. You have my dream body.

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