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Musing Mondays: A Place To Sit and Read

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is a book-related meme from the ShouldBeReading website. Each week, Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following….

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Once you've posted your musings on your blog, go the the ShouldBeReading site post a link in the "Comments" section. And post a link here, too, please! I'd love to read what you're musing about. (If you don't have a blog but still want to play, you can do your musing directly in the Comments box.)




Here is my musing for today:

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My Little Free Library now has a bench! I've been wanting one for months, and I finally bought it this weekend at Home Depot. My helpful and handy husband assembled it and put it in place. We also picked up a pair of solar-powered lights to put on each side of the book house. And to mark the occasion, I even replaced my old, worn-out LFL signs (they were in ziplock bags for protection from the weather) with new ones I made and laminated.

If you're new to Little Free Libraries, you probably need a primer. This is a movement that started in Wisconsin a few years ago. Now there are more than 10,000 of these cute little book houses. The concept is similar to that of a take-a-book, leave-a-book shelf. You set up a weatherproof box on a post, install it in a place with public access, and fill it with books. Anyone can come by and take books. People can also donate books, just by leaving them in the box. No memberships, no fees, no pressure, no paperwork. When you've finished reading a Little Free Library book, you have a choice:


  • You can keep it for yourself.

  • You can return it to this Little Free Library.

  • You can bring it to a different Little Free Library or any public bookshelf (like the ones at some coffee shops).

  • You can donate it somewhere, or give it to a friend.

There's only one rule: you're not allowed to sell it.

I set up my Little Free Library last fall, and created a Facebook page for it. Here's a link to my entries about how it was built and how it was installed, and about our grand-opening party in October. Since then, I've been wanting to put a bench beside it, so people can sit and read. But it's hard to find a garden bench in October. I started looking for one when the weather got warm, but I was hoping for something funky and artsy. Unfortunately, my budget was looking for something simple and nondescript. I finally settled on this Home Depot model, and I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

Once the bench was in place, I took my son out for a photo session, to try it out. I told him to pull a book from the Little Free Library to pose with, and pointed out that there was a book from a Suzanne Collins series he likes. (It was Gregor & the Prophecy of Bane, the second book in the series that starts with Gregor the Overlander. He'd read it before, but that didn't seem to matter. He was happy to sit and read; he barely noticed me taking photos, except when I pleaded with him to look at me and smile.

So here is our new Little Free Library reading corner.


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And here is my son Jon Morgan, the first person to sit and read on the new bench. He had just come home from a Tae Kwon Do program and hadn't changed out of his uniform pants. But I do wish he had put on a pair of shoes before coming outside in his socks.

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OK, he couldn't resist making a silly face. What can I say? He's 12. I like the way he's sitting so casually in this next one, making use of the surprisingly comfy bench. I also like the way this photo shows off my amazing crepe myrtle tree, in full bloom behind him.

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Here's a closeup of the Little Free Library, which was designed to look like my house. My neighborhood, the Del Ray section of Alexandria, Virginia, is great for this sort of thing; there are at least three other LFLs within a mile of my house. It's a great neighborhood for walking around, neighbors talk to each other, and we're very literary. Amazon has named Alexandria the best-read city in the nation, for the second year in a row. My LFL and the others nearby seem to be very popular.

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And in this final photo, here are the current contents of the book house. Well, current as of a couple days ago, when I took this photo. It changes all the time, as people take books and leave different ones behind.
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And that's it for my Monday Musings. Thank you for visiting my Little Free Library! If you're in Alexandria, Virginia, stop by sometime. Take a look, and take a book!

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Comments

Posted by: Cleo Bannister (Cleo Bannister)
Posted at: July 21st, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Little Free Library

What a lovely idea, it looks so cute too. I like my books to go to someone who will love them and this way if they don't they can pass them back.

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Posted by: bookmammalmusings.wordpress.com (bookmammalmusings.wordpress.com)
Posted at: July 21st, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Little Free Libraries

I LOVE the idea of Little Free Libraries, and have posted about them a couple of times. I don't have my own, but have found a couple near my workplace. Yours is lovely! I'm so glad that it is well used--and the addition of a bench is wonderful!

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