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  • 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.
  • 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.


    Having just moved behind the Cheddar Curtain from Chicago/Libertyville it takes some getting used to, some great folks and land though
  • st_francis_p: not sure why my first 'thank you' post did not make it, but I am so stealing that graphic

    Jim32rr: depends on where, but having been brought up in Schaumburg when it was worth living in that area (woodfield was built while I lived there, Higgins to get to our house was two lanes dirt, dad had moved us from Cambridge, Mass) I want to say that outside of stupid politics and high taxes, Wisconsin is great. (If you are not in Madison or Milwaukee and have kids in the school system).

    I brought my parents back to Schaumburg before they died and they swore at how awful it had become.
  • To be honest, anyone who says "I don't read books" isn't worth talking to.
  • duffblue: as someone who lived in exile in SC, whose house had more books than the local library, whose wife's first words when our first child was born were "can we move now?", yes. Absolutely. My wife was brought up in KY, and she could not handle the education level in SC. The horror stories I could tell......
  • You know what other Wisonsinite bult tributes to his mother?

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  • "The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. "  Oh Mark Twain, is there anything you can't do?

    I live in a very non-reading area.  Until smart phones became ubiquitous, you'd see people sitting around--at the doctor's office, at the DMV, sitting in the car at the Wal-Mart parking lot, radio blasting seriously irritating country music which I still don't understand; why not GO INSIDE for heaven's sake--without anything to read.  They'd just kind of stare into space.  Very disturbing.

    I get mildly panicked if I'm out without anything to read.
  • I see one of these that recently appeared in the neighborhood a few streets over from my mother's. It is funny watching the pedestrians as they stop and react. They are an awesome idea.
  • I tried this when I lived in Chicago. Had a cute little sign explaining and put out a ton of books. Someone stole them all within a day.
  • There's a few places in the Scottish highlands and islands where phone boxes and bus stops are used as book exchanges. There's also the mystery book carver of Edinbrugh who leaves sculptures carved out of books in various places to show support for libraries.

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  • Also, for my smartphone, Moon Reader+ plus m.Gutenberg.org are awesome.
  • I pass by one of these often in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. On North 47th Street, maybe?
  • If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.
  • CreamFilling: If her parents named her that a tribute like this seems especially fitting.


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  • There's one by where I work. If it's still up, I want to put a book or three in it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


    How did you know they were stealing, not borrowing?
  • I've come across two in my neighborhood, but I've never seen anyone standing around them. And the one time I looked inside, curious to see what kinds of books there were, it was empty.

    I wish I knew exactly where they are because I have two boxes of good books that I keep forgetting to take to Half Price Books, and I'd much rather give them to something like this than getting an insulting offer from HPB.
  • They have these things in Christchurch, in the vacant lots where buildings were demolished after the earthquake.
  • Granolasteak: one town over from me there is one that is next to a kid's park and across from an elementary school. While the local book store has gone under, a heating&cooling company, a grocery store, and the local police department have adopted it and make sure that there are children's books inside. I also when donating items to St. Vinnies or SA drop $5 or so on kids books to help keep it filled. I drop the books off at the police station so their "donated by" sticker gets put inside.
  • Octopied: when they grab every book from the library and dash off leaving it empty.
  • "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 1815

    Hometown does good for a change!

    Go Raiders!!
    class of 1980
  • Granolasteak:
    If you need books to fill your library for elementary kids, please email my totalfark address. If the library does not make it out to your area, I would consider it an honor to send USPS (low&slow) boxes to you.
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