Every day, my wife and I go for a walk to town (Woodstock, NY). The other day, a new thing appeared in the center of town. On a metal stand, where the telephone company removed their public telephone some years ago, somebody attached a little house on it. On close inspection, it turned out to be a “Free Library”. It is self-explanatory: take a book, leave a book. Later I learned it is part of a larger project/initiative to not only promote the reading of books, but to put it in a context of free-dom. Not only get books recycled, but the concept of sharing, leaving a book for somebody else to read, is so badly needed in this consumer and money oriented society. There is no money involved. Those who put up such a mini Free Library, are advised to make the structure out of recycled wood. It encourages people to freely give unconditionally, and to freely take with respect and integrity to the whole project.
I find the whole idea important because it creates an attitude of sharing, that, hopefully, will extend to other actions or initiatives in one’s life. We live in a civilization in which so many objects/products are so easily discarded, filling up the landfills. Many of these objects/products are still good enough to be given away to somebody else to enjoy, even if they need to be some minor repair. We really need to leave that consumer mentality and be more responsible for what we buy, use and throw away recycle.
More on the Free Library project: http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/
The Free Library in Woodstock, NY: