exvaxman: These things are awesome. I have two that I can walk to. They also tell you a lot about your neighbors. Sometimes I see awesome books, other times I find them filled up with romance novels.A round of shame to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for trying to regulate the things because "evil literature might be put inside". As in Rabbit Hill, the quote "readin' rots the mind" describes that town.
CreamFilling: If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.
exvaxman: I have seen cars twice stealing books from the libraries to turn them in at (i assume) half price books for a couple of bucks. Both times I called the cops, and in one library now they request that you put in a small label covered by clear mailing tape so that HPB refuses them. A link is provided. A local hardware store will take books and put in 'Donated' labels for free and promises to get the books in the library within two days.The most awesome book I ever picked up from one was a book from the 1830's that was describing that year's scientific advances. The other best are from someone who used to live in Australia and loved local humor.
granolasteak: exvaxman: These things are awesome. I have two that I can walk to. They also tell you a lot about your neighbors. Sometimes I see awesome books, other times I find them filled up with romance novels.A round of shame to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for trying to regulate the things because "evil literature might be put inside". As in Rabbit Hill, the quote "readin' rots the mind" describes that town.I want to put one on our corner....this is such an awesome idea!We live miles out of town, and our library's bookmobile no longer delivers out here. I think it would be fantastic if we could set something like this up near the General Store, so more people had more options and more children had exposure to a variety of books.
Fark Rye For Many Whores: CreamFilling: If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.[i.imgur.com image 400x400]
anniesmom: "I cannot live without books; but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." - Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 10 June 1815Hometown does good for a change!Go Raiders!!class of 1980
duffblue: To be honest, anyone who says "I don't read books" isn't worth talking to.
EkimProx: Stories like this make me happy. I took a cab to work on Sunday and the driver told me he wasn't having much luck finding customers -- it was the 23rd. Ended up giving him a 20 when the ride was 6 something. Being kind to people rocks... when you can afford it.
Sliceablekitty: I have one of these in my yard. I love the concept.
PenguinCam: It's a nice idea. It's spread to Toronto, but just like the public libraries (Link), they can be vectors for bedbugs.I'm getting an e-reader.
exvaxman: Sliceablekitty: according to your profile, you are local to me. Please send an email to my ultrafark address if you ever need replenishment.
joeflood: On the downside, it contains only Harlequin Romance books.
granolasteak: Sliceablekitty: I have one of these in my yard. I love the concept.so many questions for you...Did you buy the premade library setup? How do of keep the books from getting cold-soaked if ou live somewhere cold? Do parents ever whine about your selection? Do you mark your books specially? What was the initial layout for you, financially? Do you have a way to keep squirrels, etc., from chewing on or taking the books?I REALLY want to do this. I have a feeling our plot (corner lot in a semi-rural neighborhood) might be a great place....and I love the idea of having my kids help with this as a community service project. (My teens helped send an entire library to a small Alaskan village...my daughters were interviewed on the radio, and they said, and I quote, "Our house is just filled with books. I don't know what we would do if we didn't have books." They were 10 and 8 then.
She said she asked one 8-year-old neighbor if she really intended to read a romance novel she had taken. The girl told her no, Holben said, but ran her finger over the words as if following the text. "I do this and I feel like I'm smart," the girl said.
granolasteak: joeflood: On the downside, it contains only Harlequin Romance books.I know you're just being a smartass, but honestly, whatever it takes to Interest kids in books is ok with me.I spent one sick day in bed, 5th grade, reading about 12 Nancy Drew mysteries in a row. My mom didn't complain because books are a malleable part of a child's life...the important thing is to get the knowledge that books are full of wonder and opportunity and amazing stories and beautiful facts into that child's sense of the world.
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