Monday, July 25, 2016
Little Free Library -- Hilton Head
I've been intrigued by Little Free Libraries for about a year now. My street actually gets quite a bit of foot traffic, and I love the idea of stocking a library with books that neighbors or passers-by might enjoy. I was eager to check one out up close.
The signage on this HHI Little Free Library says "Take a Book. Return a Book." Does that mean that a trade is expected (take a book if you give a book) or simply that you are expected to return the book you took? I didn't find the language punishing or anything, just curious about how Little Free Libraries usually work. A Little Free Library seems perfect for a vacation town where visitors may have forgotten (what?!) reading material or not packed enough.
If I decide to start my own library, I'll have to think about the wording I want to go along with it.
The only thing I took was two photos.
The Little Free Library was quite packed, which leads me to more questions/concerns. Do Little Free Library stewards have trouble with people using their libraries as book donation drop boxes? I wouldn't want mine filled with old textbooks or books people simply don't want or like. Also, I didn't see anything inappropriate in this library, but I'm wondering how much curating or policing is necessary? I'm no censor, but if, say, a ten year-old is going to read Fifty Shades of Grey, I don't want him/her finding it in my front yard because someone wanted to share the "love."
The Little Free Library website reveals that there are several Little Free Libraries in my town so maybe I'll check them out and possibly talk to their stewards about the experience.
If you have any information or experience with Little Free Libraries, please share!