The corner library
“A few years ago libraries were riding high. . . . The last few years have seen the emergence of myriad mini, pop-up, guerilla and ad-hoc libraries, which are part of the phenomenon that Mimi Zeiger, in her Interventionist’s Toolkit series for this journal, calls “provisional, opportunistic, ubiquitous, and odd tactics in guerilla and DIY practice and urbanism” — to which I might add, librarianship. Nowadays we have libraries in phone booths and mailboxes, in public parks and train stations, in vacant storefronts and parking lots.”
Check out this cool article on pop-up libraries from Design Observer.
You don’t have to live in a major metropolis to start your own corner library. What about taking those five or six random books that you’ve been meaning to take to the used bookshop and putting them out with a “take one, leave one” sign. If would be great if you could make some weather-proof enclosure, like the modified birdhouse above. Then others could drop off their random books and pick up that DIY manual on building a deck or that copy of The Help that all your friends passed around.