Little Free Library! I was so excited when I saw this. I have actually wanted to build one of these for about a year now but don’t have the space or tools. The idea is pretty self explanatory: it’s a little house-shaped box with a clear front and a door that holds books. Similar to The Book Thing (which is conveniently just a few blocks away), it is a take-a-book/leave-a-book setup with no one monitoring it.
I was surprised at the amount of thought that went into it. What grabbed my attention the most was the door. The clear window is a relatively thick plastic that will not shatter like glass. The door has a magnetic closure like the ones found on household cabinets; the door is also spring-loaded to prevent it from being accidentally left open to the elements.
Kudos to Village Learning Place for setting it up. For those unaware, it’s a nonprofit library based in Charles Village that hosts educational events and provides information resources. For instance, one of their current events/info sessions/lectures is about how to deal with the ins and outs of finances in a number of sessions.
(picture on Guilford & 32nd)