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What Would Jane Read? Episode 8: LFL #9167 in Simpsonville, South Carolina

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Last month I drove down to South Carolina to attend the 2014 NFPW Conference in Greenville. It's about a 500-mile trip each way, but regular readers know that I love long road trips and sometimes make plans to stop and explore along the route. This time, I compiled a list of Little Free Libraries between here and there and within the Greenville/Spartanburg area, and decided to take Action Figure Jane Austen to visit at least a few of them. As it turned out, we saw NINE Little Free Libraries during our trip south.

In this edition of What Would Jane Austen Read? We'll be presenting Little Free Library #9761 in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Several times during my conference, I found myself with in hour or two free between sessions, and jumped in the car to seek out little houses filled with free books. Simpsonville, a town of nearly 20,000 people, is a suburb of Greenville and is a bit southeast of the city. I didn't have an exact address for this one and had to scout around a bit. But it wasn't too difficult to find. LFL #9761 is near the community center of a pleasant, quiet subdivision, just off one of the main roads, and is clearly visible from the street.
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It's a cute little book house, proportioned more like a bird house than some, with stylish double doors flanked by twin Roman-style Doric columns. Jane was quite taken with it from first glance.

But this Little Free Library is particularly LITTLE, without space for a large number of books. At the same time, it appears to be well-used, with many residents leaving books for their neighbors. In other words, it's very, very full of books. Not that that's a bad thing!

Even petite Jane had trouble squeezing in to look at the books. But, of course, she had to peruse the offerings, to choose a book to read.

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The books were pretty tightly crammed in there, so it wasn't easy to see all the titles. But Jane's a trooper, and she managed to get a good look at enough books to make her selection. In fact, as soon as she read the title, she was interested in reading Jane Hamilton's novel, Disobedience.

Now, doesn't that sound like a title our Jane might have used for one of her own books? Pride and Prejudice ... Persuasion ... Sense and Sensibility... Disobedience.... Fits right in, doesn't it?

Action Figure Jane was also fascinated by the cover design, with its faux piano key effect. Books didn't look at all like that in her day! After she made her selection, Jane enjoyed posing outside the classy double doors of Little Free Library #9761. After that, it was time to get back to the Marriott for the next round of conference activities.

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Jane would like to thank the steward of Little Free Library #9761 for their hospitality. (And for the classy miniature formal planters at the library's front entrance, which she liked very much.)