Going to Scotland?

At The Open Book, in Wigtown, Scotland, you can fulfill your dream of running a bookstore. The unique Airbnb flat costs just 57 USD a night, but it comes with a stipulation: renters also work at the bookshop on the first floor, doing everything that a regular bookshop owner might do in a regular, 40-hour work-week.

Source: Travellers Staying At This Place In Scotland Take Turns Running The Bookshop Downstairs | Bored Panda

Little by Little, One for the Books

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Scarborough (Maine) Public Library has been offering a central place for residents to get books of all genres for more than 100 years. Now, there is a push to get literature into residents’ hands in a much different way.

This spring, the library will launch two Little Free Libraries, small privately operated libraries in which people can take or leave a book as they see fit: one at Memorial Park and one at the trail head of the Eastern Trail.

The first Little Free Library was started by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009. The goal was to inspire the creation of at least 2,510 Little Free Libraries, the amount of libraries Andrew Carnegie helped to start. That was achieved in August 2012. As of January 2016, there were more than 36,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 70 countries. Approximately 9.3 million books are exchanged each year via Little Free Libraries.

Former preschool director Connie Weed opened this Little Free Library outside her Asselyn Drive home as a way to share the books she has accumulated over the years. There are few limitations on what books can be offered or rules regarding how Little Free Libraries can be run. The Little Free Library organization strives to “promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

The idea is simple: Like municipal libraries, the Little Free Libraries offer the public an opportunity take a book free of charge. Those who take a book are encouraged to leave a book in return the next time they visit, although it doesn’t have to be the one they borrowed.

 

Read the entire article at http://sentry.mainelymediallc.com/news/2016-03-11/Community/Little_by_little_one_for_the_books.html

 

Playing with Paint Chips

From February 15, 2016

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Even though it’s a cold, snowy, freezing rain kind of day, I’m busy checking out paint samples for the new Little Free Library.

I also ordered some postcards to leave when I’m visiting other LFLs.  Between those and stamps, pencils, books, notebooks, labels, this is going to cost a bit, but I’m very excited!

 

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In the News: Fredericksburg, VA

fredericksburgDavid Deaderick, 16, pauses for a photo in his front yard on Washington Avenue in Fredericksburg on the first day of school. He’s standing next to the family’s Little Free Library.

“Many, many people take pictures of it, stop, read some, then come back with a book and take one,” said David’s mom, Caroline, in an email.

Caroline’s husband, Bob, added shingles, stained the structure and mounted it in the corner of their yard, she said.

Caroline Deaderick said her late mother, Mary Jean Hatch, had given her hundreds of children’s books, which are now being recycled through the little library.

“It’s so fun and makes me so happy to dedicate it to my elementary school teacher mom,” Deaderick added.

For more information on Little Free Libraries, visit littlefreelibrary.org.

 

Article originally posted at http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/local/fredericksburg/little-free-library-book-box-a-hit-in-downtown-fredericksburg/article_67f5f2d8-b345-5c3e-a9c3-0586e8d24bb1.html

Building the Greenbriar Little Free Library

From February 15, 2016

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So far, Tom has filled in the cracks that appeared during shipping and has sanded everything down, getting ready for painting.

 

We’ve decided on a bright blue to match my car and a yellow roof (to make it Cushing’s colors!)

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I’ve ordered stamps for the insides of the books, pencils with our motto (Take a Book ~ Return a Book).

 

Some of our books will also be part of BookCrossing. If you don’t know what that is, here’s more info: http://www.bookcrossing.com/about

 

I’ll keep you posted with more info as the construction continues, getting ready for the Grand Opening!