We just got a new town library and it is absolutely gorgeous! I am so excited! Not only is it at least five times larger than the previous one, but there is more parking, lots of computers, study rooms- yes, rooms that students can rent out and put themselves in so that they can study in peace, conference rooms, a storm shelter and IT support on hand. Holy cow!
Did I mention how gorgeous it is?!? Sky lights and open layout, comfy chairs scattered everywhere. Tables…. freaking vending machines!!!! That’s right, we have an eating area where I can see myself having a lot of snacks (brought from home, of course, so that I don’t blow my diet), while I read several papers or magazines.
Warren is excited because we are also supposed to get a 3D printer here, along with other tech in the green room (it isn’t open yet, I think they are still getting equipment).
Here are just a few pics I took in my quick tour:
While I love all this, it does hurt that it is so far from me now- it used to be a five minute walk, now it is across town. Having our area loose fast access has made me consider things like the Little Libraries that are popping up everywhere. I am blessed in that I have a car and can get anywhere, and have free time. Some of my neighbors aren’t so lucky. I had considered taking some of my books- ones that I don’t mind possibly loosing- and setting up one a Little Library outside my house with the idea of people being able to take a book to read and return, or leave a well loved book for others.
In a perfect world this would work flawlessly. Everyone would only go to the book area and leave the rest of the house unmolested, books would return, and nothing would get broken or vandalized. But I worry that this would not be the case. Is it fair of me to invite strangers so close to my home- a home I share with my husband (and his possessions)? Also, would this affect the neighbors? And for the love of God, I don’t want to be part of the Little Library site because I would have to enter my information and address! You have to pay them at least once, maybe more, and I don’t see how they could make this any safer. I just want a weather proof cabinet outside that proclaims that it has Community Books- take a book, share a book. That sort of thing. One would open the cabinet and see a small selection of books. They would take one to read, and return it when finished for the next reader. I want to believe this would work! I also don’t worry about “getting the word out” because it would be small and, with luck, just for my community. What do you guys think? Crazy, right? I haven’t even asked the husband yet because I know he’s gonna nix it lol. Let me know your thoughts in comments!