Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 Little Free Library

The Little Free Library I've been a steward for these past three years is on the move.  Today, it will be relocated inside the village limits, just off of Benjamin Street on Devonshire.  I've thoroughly enjoyed making sure the library was clean and accessible, filled with books, and a friendly stop for anyone discovering it.

But, it was time for a change in location.  

And, unfortunately, I did finally get a bit tired of some of the shenanigans from those only interested in ruining something for others.  I won't make this a complaint forum but I did want to mention a few:

~~One time, someone removed all of the CDs from their cases, left the CDs and took the cases for their own use.  A bit selfish?
~~One summer, the box was routinely filled with religious pamphlets.  Not that the pamphlets were wrong, this just isn't necessarily the place.
~~This summer, someone decided to throw hardbound books on the wet grass as well as possibly adding water to the kids books.  All expanded with the moisture, some got moldy, and ultimately a dozen books went into the trash.
~~And, someone grumping they didn't like cars stopping in front of the library.

As I climb up onto my soapbox, I'd just like to remind everyone grassroots movements, like these nearly 20,000 little free libraries across the country, are a gift to communities.  To making communities a bit more like home.  Let's treasure and celebrate little free libraries wherever they pop up, including the four that can be found within the village limits.  (Oof, climbing down from the soapbox now...)

So, once the library was removed, a deep hole either needed to be filled in or used.  Next spring there will be flowers growing in this chunk of 1927 cast iron water main salvaged from North Grand Avenue when work was done to upgrade the system in 2013.  Check out this link to see what I wrote back then.

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