Little Free Libraries: Crackdown??
|A Little Free Library in Seattle, WA|
Little Free Libraries --tiny houses for a select number of books in public places -- have been sprouting up in neighborhoods around the U.S. since 2009. Built on the give-one-take-one principle, these miniature, uncurated libraries provide a great way to recycle or acquire used books. They are great community builders, too. They help put books in the vicinity of children and combat illiteracy. As bookstores have shuttered and regular libraries reduced their hours, the Little Free Library movement has been gaining traction.
So apparently, politicians in various towns and cities (Los Angeles, I'm looking at you . . . ) are considering these to be "illegal detached structures." They are requiring permits or threatening to tear them down.
Yep. Here's an article about it.
If you find these in a neighborhood near you, I encourage you to donate. Or why not start one yourself? The Little Free Libraries website has some great suggestions about how you can start or register a library, as well as how you can support this movement in lots of interesting ways!
|What's in the Little Free Library today?|
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